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

Other Words from unusable

unusably \ ˌən-​ˈyü-​zə-​blē How to pronounce unusable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unusable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wright said the park was littered with trash, people were using drugs in the open, and the park’s amenities, like a racquetball court, were frequently locked and unusable. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 According to the state's Elections Bureau, multiple candidates were affected by a series of petitioners who obtained nothing but invalid or otherwise unusable signatures, putting them well below the mark for qualification. Fox News, 26 May 2022 But the data, posted online in spreadsheets for thousands of procedures, have often been incomprehensible and unusable by patients — a thicket of numbers and technical medical terms, displayed in formats that vary from hospital to hospital. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2022 By late March, many of the lettuces and herbs in the garden have bolted or gone to flower, meaning their leaves will turn bitter and become unusable. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 In some cases, schools or facilities will be unusable for weeks, even months. Stephanie Noda, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 Gloria also sought to pay Argus Contracting just over $400,000 to settle its dispute with the city over rehabilitation work on the property, which has been unusable for all but a few weeks since the city approved the 20-year lease in late 2016. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 Another speed bump: The FDA requires U.S. clinical trials, making the company’s data from Latin America unusable. Rachana Pradhan And Hannah Norman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Dec. 2021 Another speed bump: The FDA requires U.S. clinical trials, making the company's data from Latin America unusable. Rachana Pradhan, CNN, 26 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unusable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Unusable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unusable. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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