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 unusably (audio) \ adverb

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Trail races rarely pass public toilets, and many are unusable anyway. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 Houston will begin footing the bill for City Hall office space rendered unusable by Hurricane Harvey last fall. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Yet another Harvey cost for Houston: Skyscraper office space," 8 June 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Media companies are hit regularly with ransomware attacks, which digitally encrypt files on computers, rendering them unusable until the victim pays a ransom, Mr. Hultquist said. Benjamin Mullin And Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Tribune Publishing Fights Cyberattack, Resumes On-Time Deliveries," 30 Dec. 2018 The good news is that the import process doesn’t render your device unusable or anything like that. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 After collection, these medications are made unusable, usually by burning them. Felipe Silva Marambio, Pharmd, Philly.com, "How to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28," 27 Apr. 2018 There's a wide world of key chain multitools that run the gamut from damn near unusable to the ludicrously artisanal. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Tool I Take Everywhere," 21 Mar. 2018 Some, including certain Justice Department sites, have become unusable because the agencies have specific protocols that block users once security certificates expire. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Government Shutdown Hits Federal Websites," 11 Jan. 2019 With nothing but unusable attic space above the bedroom, Ross decided to expand upwards—not outwards—by installing a tray ceiling. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How Installing a Tray Ceiling Can Totally Transform a Room," 22 Mar. 2019

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1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unusable was in 1825

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English Language Learners Definition of unusable

: not good enough to be used : not usable

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