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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As recently as the 2018 playoffs, Ibaka looked effectively unplayable against elevated competition. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Serge Ibaka Seizes His Finals Moment in Raptors' Game 4 Win," 8 June 2019 An elevated, temporary grass surface that was deemed unplayable and controversial weeks ago seemed to play perfectly fine as an assemblage of 23 of the best soccer players America has at the moment practiced. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "USMNT sets up camp at UC's Nippert Stadium for final Gold Cup tuneup," 7 June 2019 Elsewhere in the source code, many of those variables (including ones for unplayable games) are used to modify certain emulator settings when that game is selected. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files," 5 Dec. 2018 Washington’s game at Cal State-Fullerton was postponed due to unplayable conditions. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Everett keeps up its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Prince George in WHL action," 18 Feb. 2019 Faust gave the lie to the standard rap that the music is unplayable — technically difficult, yes, but entirely playable if the soloist respects what’s on the page. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Violinist Faust, in a brilliant CSO debut, makes convincing case for flawed Schumann rarity," 12 May 2018 Despite being away from home this weekend, Leverkusen will be given a hat full of chances in Dortmund and the in form Kevin Volland, as well as Die Werkself's danger men out wide, could prove to be unplayable for Peter Stöger's side. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund vs Leverkusen Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 20 Apr. 2018 The change was made because the field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, the Tortugas’ home, was considered unplayable, Fire Frogs spokesman Thaddeus Krzus said. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fire Frogs' series to Tortugas moved to Kissimmee," 21 June 2018 At the time of his actions, the greens were firming up and the course was becoming more and more unplayable. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down an Eventful U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 19 June 2018

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1806, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unplayable

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

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