un·​re·​turn·​able | \ ˌən-ri-ˈtər-nə-bəl How to pronounce unreturnable (audio) \

Definition of unreturnable

: not allowed to be returned : not returnable unreturnable merchandise

Examples of unreturnable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alexis Aymond was the instigator to the uprising when strong serving on her part led to a string of unreturnable serves. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "FBCA tops FCA in showdown of city’s private school volleyball programs," 23 Aug. 2019 Almost every time, Driscoll delivered an unreturnable punt. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 34, Paddy Driscoll," 30 July 2019 Williams, down by 15-30, unleashed three unreturnable serves to win the game. New York Times, "Tennis Needs Serena Williams Back. But Does She Need to Be Seeded?," 28 May 2018 This presents record stores with a predicament: buy everything and risk getting stuck with boxes of unsold, unreturnable vinyl, or buy more selectively and risk not having the specific record someone waited in line for. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s the vinyl countdown to Record Store Day," 18 Apr. 2018 So far, in defeating Zarina Diyas on Thursday and outslugging Bertens on Saturday, Serena has shown flashes of her old powerful groundstrokes and an ability to find the corners of the court with unreturnable shots. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "We're all winners when we get a Williams sisters matchup," 11 Mar. 2018 Williams looked relaxed, won a round and hit a few aces that would have been just as good, and just as unreturnable, in a Grand Slam match. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams on Giving Birth, Her Health Scare and Coming Back," 7 Mar. 2018 With an unreturnable serve on his first match point, Isner topped del Potro for only the third time in nine matches. USA TODAY, "Isner beats del Potro to reach Paris semis, Nadal withdraws," 3 Nov. 2017 Williams, down by 15-30, unleashed three unreturnable serves to win the game. Naila-jean Meyers, New York Times, "Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Tying Record for Grand Slam Singles Titles," 9 July 2016

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First Known Use of unreturnable

1740, in the meaning defined above

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“Unreturnable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreturnable. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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