un·​sup·​port·​able | \ ˌən-sə-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce unsupportable (audio) \

Definition of unsupportable

: unable to be supported an unsupportable burden an unsupportable claim

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Examples of unsupportable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the bill’s drafters are transparently exploiting the association with a historic bill fighting racial discrimination in order to smuggle in false equivalences and unsupportable claims. The Editors, National Review, "Against the Equality Act," 25 Feb. 2021 Rather than viewing childcare as an unsupportable tax burden, investing in high-quality childcare should be seen as an essential public policy and a necessary part of stimulating our struggling economy. CNN, "President-elect Biden's childcare plan is essential if we want to restart the American economy," 22 Dec. 2020 Not adjusting Americans’ understanding of how far and wide the disease has likely spread, perhaps to as much as 20% of the population, was once fine but soon will become unsupportable. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why Politicians Despise Us—Continued," 9 Oct. 2020 It cannot be said often or loudly enough that equating the measures in the Withdrawal Agreement with the enforcement of the Good Friday Agreement is completely unsupportable. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Biden Is Wrong on Ireland and Brexit," 20 Sep. 2020 Birds, for instance, have never evolved live birth, possibly because the energy cost of flying while pregnant is unsupportable. Quanta Magazine, "Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses," 18 May 2020 Leonard’s account, set down that afternoon, makes the loss immediate, unsupportable. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, "Holding Virginia Woolf in Your Hands," 29 Jan. 2020 To believe that a country can force wealth redistribution amid withering international competition is simply unsupportable and reckless. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: The anti-socialism skew; We need a third party; Challenged by competition (12/23/19)," 23 Dec. 2019 In this view, old loyalties were not just anachronistic but morally unsupportable. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unsupportable

1586, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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“Unsupportable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsupportable. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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