un·​play·​able | \ ˌən-ˈplā-ə-bəl \

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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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 Unfortunately, his poor defense also makes him effectively unplayable against the Warriors, the very team the Rockets have aimed to dethrone. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Under-the-Radar Grades," 4 July 2018 The game was called after five innings due to rain and an unplayable field. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Mary rises to No. 1 in baseball Super Six rankings," 22 May 2018 Of course, 2004 also was one of the most controversial Opens in U.S. Golf Association history after a lack of water made the green on the par-3 seventh hole unplayable. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Phil Mickelson hasn't contended in a U.S. Open since Merion in 2013. This year, he hopes to change that.," 11 June 2018 One seasoned player temporarily fled the studio after deciding that one of Mr. Braxton’s intricate parts was unplayable. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "High School Musicians Take On the (Almost) Unplayable," 8 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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