un·​sea·​wor·​thy ˌən-ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unseaworthy (audio)
: not fit for a sea voyage : not seaworthy
an unseaworthy vessel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some 2,500 boarded unseaworthy boats last year for the journey, and as many as 400 of them died, making 2022 one of the deadliest years in a decade for Rohingya escaping Cox’s Bazar. Paula Hancocks, CNN, 4 Jan. 2023 Charity ships say rescuing migrants from flimsy, unseaworthy smuggling boats, or in many cases straight from the water, is their legal obligation. Colleen Barry And Renata Brito, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Nov. 2022 The Äpplet served in Europe’s Thirty Years’ War and then was deliberately sunk in 1659 after being deemed unseaworthy. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Oct. 2022 The Spanish charity Open Arms has rescued 372 people seeking to cross the central Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy smugglers' boats and recovered the corpse of a man who had been shot by smugglers, officials said Sunday. Petros Karadijas, ajc, 18 Sep. 2022 Carman denied doing anything to intentionally make the boat unseaworthy. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 If cargo interests, however, can prove that the vessel was unseaworthy — that is, there was a mechanical failure, or an incompetent crew, among other reasons — the claims for General Average will fail, and cargo owners will not have to pay. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 For the British government the pressing issue is its failure to curb the arrival of a small but steady flow of people making dangerous, sometimes fatal, crossings, often on unseaworthy boats, across the English Channel from France. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The two have collaborated on previous rescue missions of migrants fleeing Syria by crossing the Med on unseaworthy boats, and Solidaire has also transported African migrants in other crises. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unseaworthy was in 1820

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“Unseaworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseaworthy. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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