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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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 Talos said the malware can allow hackers to steal website credentials as well as render a router unusable, cutting off access to the Internet. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Researchers warn 500,000 consumer routers infected with malware," 24 May 2018 Some versions of stage 2 also possess a self-destruct capability that works by overwriting a critical portion of the device firmware and then rebooting, a process that renders the device unusable. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware," 23 May 2018 The spoon was placed in an automotive drop-off spot, making the path unusable. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Gallerist Arrested After Dropping Sculpture Of Giant Drug Spoon At Purdue Pharma," 22 June 2018 In my own tests, opening web pages were slower at the reduced speed, but not unusable. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Can you survive on a $10 a month cell-phone plan? I tried FreedomPop to find out," 11 July 2018 However, the bikes are unusable in their current state because of an electronic lock in the rear wheel and are painted as commercial property so ownership could be disputed. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coronado to recycle impounded dockless bicycles," 4 July 2018 The store was ordered closed until further notice because structural damage in the incident left the building unusable until necessary repairs are made. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: Salvation Army store closed in Bridgeview," 26 June 2018 Many Park Ridge tennis players are looking for new courts to play on this summer due to a major reconstruction project that has left their home courts unusable for several months. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Court reconstruction bounces Park Ridge tennis players this season," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of unusable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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