un·​ser·​vice·​able ˌən-ˈsər-və-sə-bəl How to pronounce unserviceable (audio)
: not ready or able to be used : not serviceable
… the locks all through the house were old-fashioned and unserviceable.Anthony Trollope
unserviceableness noun
unserviceably adverb

Examples of unserviceable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dire reports warned of unserviceable and overflowing toilets and looming trench foot. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Although the Avtomat Kalashnikova is known for superior reliability, the rifles were likely unserviceable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 8 Mar. 2023 Closed runways and taxiways, unserviceable radio navigational aids or military exercises causing airspace restrictions also could trigger the issuing of NOTAMs. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 American Legion Post 434 also hosted a flag-burning ceremony to retire old flags that had become unserviceable. Lydia Morrell, Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2022 Companies like HughesNet, Iridium, and Telesat already have satellites up in space servicing the unserviceable areas, but Starlink is fundamentally different from existing constellations. Mihir Tripathy, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2022 Heller lowered flags into the fire as members of the Sons of the American Legion handed him unserviceable flags. Lydia Morrell, Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2022 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, 7 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unserviceable was in 1535

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“Unserviceable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unserviceable. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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