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 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 Unquestionably, the individual burden of medical costs in the U.S. can be unsupportable and, in the richest country in the world, should be unnecessary. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Medical bankruptcy is an American scandal — and that’s not debatable," 4 Sep. 2019 Talk of Mars is historically unsupportable with current budgets or NASA's existing technology. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "With Artemis, NASA at risk of repeating Apollo mistakes, scientist warns," 20 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit against Stine Seed Company is without merit and factually unsupportable. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Black farmers were sold ‘weaponized’ seed, and racism may be to blame, lawsuit says," 11 July 2018 Alberto Gallo of Algebris, an investment firm, estimates that yields would have to be at least 4-4.5% for several months before higher coupon payments would make debt unsupportable. The Economist, "Italy’s political crisis is roiling financial markets once more," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of unsupportable

1586, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2020

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“Unsupportable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsupportable. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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