un·​play·​able | \ ˌən-ˈplā-ə-bəl How to pronounce unplayable (audio) \

Definition of unplayable

: not capable of being played or suitable to be played : not playable a golf course rendered unplayable by heavy rains dealt an unplayable card music so complex as to be almost unplayable Service is my strong point at tennis. I am inaccurate, but vigorous, and occasionally send in a quite unplayable shot.— P. G. Wodehouse found the ball in an unplayable lie [=a position that does not allow a shot to be made]

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Recent Examples on the Web Some even became unplayable on more recent devices thanks to changes to Apple's operating system and hardware. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple Arcade isn’t the only subscription: GameClub revives old iOS games," 25 Oct. 2019 Though unplayable, the instrument’s details are realistic. Robert Levine, Billboard, "The Making of the Two Wildest Grammy-Nominated Box Sets," 28 Jan. 2019 Adobe will discontinue support for Flash at the end of 2020, rendering the delightful—and sometimes disturbing—’90s and aughts-era browser games unplayable. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Race to Save Flash Games from Internet Oblivion," 6 Feb. 2020 Enes Kanter was basically relegated to being unplayable because of the game’s up-tempo pace and his inability to defend Davis, who played mostly center. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "No excuses, the Celtics let this game slip away," 23 Feb. 2020 The 22-year-old was unplayable at times at King Power Stadium, picking out inch-perfect passes and gliding through Tottenham's defence with ease. SI.com, "Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Maddison Stunner Completes Thrilling Comeback," 21 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, Google just drastically increased the price of using their API, and Geoguessr responded by making the free version basically unplayable. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 This often unplayable bowling made the performance of the series’ best batsman even more extraordinary. M.j., The Economist, "Against expectations, this year’s Ashes were a slow-burning classic," 17 Sep. 2019 On the flip side, Joe Kelly went from unplayable (an 8.35 ERA in April and May) to lockdown (3.06 with 21 strikeouts in 17 ⅔ innings in the second half). Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Seven NL West Titles Later, Can This Dodgers Team Finally Win It All?," 11 Sep. 2019

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1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Unplayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplayable. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unplayable

: not able to be played, played on, or played with

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