un·​ser·​vice·​able | \ ˌən-ˈsər-və-sə-bəl How to pronounce unserviceable (audio) \

Definition of unserviceable

: not ready or able to be used : not serviceable … the locks all through the house were old-fashioned and unserviceable.— Anthony Trollope

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Other Words from unserviceable

unserviceableness noun
unserviceably \ ˌən-​ˈsər-​və-​sə-​blē How to pronounce unserviceably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unserviceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any resident who wishes to dispose of an unserviceable flag may bring the flag to Memorial Hall just prior to the ceremony or place the flag in the container at the entrance door. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 5 June 2019 The Federal Flag Code says that unserviceable flags should be burned in a respectful, ceremonial manner, but do so discreetly so people don't misinterpret your intentions. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 The aircraft are being slowly taken out of flying condition and made permanently unserviceable, suitable only for gate guardian duty or museums. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "“Retired” F-117 Stealth Fighters Seen Flying Over Nevada," 30 July 2018 Any resident who wishes the Post to retire their unserviceable Flags may leave them at Memorial Hall in the container provided for that purpose. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 12 June 2018 The dignified disposal of unserviceable flags in barrels is overseen by fire department representatives. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flag ceremonies set by American Legion Post 164 and Katy Elks Lodge 2628," 11 June 2018 That number includes weapons to be used by government officials and unserviceable guns that are purchased as ornaments. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Las Vegas Gunman Had Arsenal in Hotel Room," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unserviceable

1535, in the meaning defined above

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“Unserviceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unserviceable. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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