un·​us·​able | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce unusable (audio) \

Definition of unusable

: not capable of being used or fit for use : not usable unusable 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 How to pronounce unusable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unusable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The City of Berea will be collecting household hazardous waste, tires, fluorescent bulbs and unusable or outdated electronics from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland, "Berea sets hazardous waste, electronics collection for April 9-10: Community Voices," 12 Mar. 2021 The slightest error in exposure would render the negative unusable. NBC News, "The LAPD tried to change its image after Rodney King. Here's what a photographer saw.," 21 Mar. 2021 Mockabee said the shelter will not be able to open its doors for a few days, making the 12 spaces for women and three spaces for families unusable in the short term. William Sanders, Arkansas Online, "Shelter's laundry room catches fire," 6 Mar. 2021 Weber said putting children in permanent shelters is preferable to the influx shelters like Carrizo, but nearly half of those beds are unusable in the pandemic. Washington Post, "First migrant facility for children opens under Biden," 23 Feb. 2021 The lake is used for recreation, and most of the boat ramps would be unusable for up to a month. Andrew Selsky, ajc, "Officials: A dam in Oregon could fail in a large earthquake," 17 Mar. 2021 When Laura left the McNeese football building unusable, the Cowboys shifted workouts to a local high school. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Frank Wilson pushes ahead at McNeese, reflects on time at UTSA," 25 Feb. 2021 When crews arrived, the fire hydrant in front of the building, and others around it, were unusable because of the freezing weather and severe winter conditions in San Antonio and the rest of the state. NBC News, "Frozen hydrants challenge Texas firefighters battling blaze at San Antonio-area apartment building," 18 Feb. 2021 The space was left charred and for the most part unusable. Phillip Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "I first came to Boston in the summer of 1975, a time of firebombs and violence," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of unusable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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13 Apr 2021

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“Unusable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unusable. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unusable

: not good enough to be used : not usable

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