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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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 There are unusable swimming pools; scant security; homeless people in the garage and stairwells; discarded condoms, needles, and mattresses; and abundant mice, cockroaches, and rats. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Apartment management won’t return security deposit? That’s just one problem at this Revere complex," 11 June 2018 Talos initially announced on May 23 that the malware had spread to at least 500,000 devices in at least 54 countries and had the capacity to make a compromised device unusable. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Facebook controversies could spark support for privacy bills in Congress," 7 June 2018 There is sharp disagreement over whether the gargantuan blast made the site unusable; new evidence suggests the mountain can support new rounds of explosive testing. David E. Sanger And William J. Broad, New York Times, "Verifying the End of a Nuclear North Korea ‘Could Make Iran Look Easy’," 6 May 2018 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

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1825, in the meaning defined above

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: not good enough to be used : not usable

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