un·​us·​able | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zə-bəl \

Definition of unusable

: not capable of being used or fit for use : not usable unusuable documentary footage The lavatory, totally unusable, was full of snow which had blasted in through the keyhole.— Katharine Sim

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unusably \ ˌən-​ˈyü-​zə-​blē \ adverb

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Repairing the ambulance wasn't a simple fix, so it's been sitting in the town unusable ever since. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "McCarthy’s only ambulance was vandalized. So a Wisconsin tourist bought the town a new one.," 26 May 2018 The firm will export mid-quality items to international markets and recycle raw materials from items deemed unusable. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, "Driver found to have suspended license: Olmsted Township police blotter," 7 May 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here The blaze destroyed or made unusable offices, classrooms, student housing and a cafeteria. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Ten years after fire, OLLU thriving," 4 May 2018 Microsoft has been pushing more of the update process into the pre-reboot installation stage to make the offline post-reboot stage (during which your PC is unusable) shorter. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is out now," 3 Oct. 2018 Having viral tweets can often make the platform virtually unusable, not only because of spam, but due to the personal harassment and dogpiling that often accompanies it. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Young people still love Twitter — as screenshots on Instagram," 21 June 2018 Unlike housing market crashes, where property values usually bounce back, these homes will be unusable (and unsellable) forever. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Florida has more to lose with sea rise than anywhere else in the U.S., new study says," 18 June 2018 Last August, a group of scientists led by George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, generated more than a dozen pigs that were bred without certain viruses that had made many of their organs unusable for human transplant. Alice Park, Time, "Why Pig Organs Could Be the Future of Transplants," 15 Feb. 2018 Since the fires, the Wine RayZyn Company has salvaged unharvested wine grapes and grapes unusable for wine but perfect for their raisins and packages them as Rescue RayZyns (2 packs, 4.5 ounces each, for $13.99). Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Yummy Wine RayZyns make the most of a bad situation," 18 June 2018

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1825, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unusable

: not good enough to be used : not usable

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