un·​vi·​a·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unviable (audio) \

Definition of unviable

: incapable of growth or development : not viable unviable seeds an unviable business/investment

Examples of unviable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, capital injections after a bank is deemed unviable trigger a wipe-out of equity or a writedown of bonds. Washington Post, "China’s Banking Cleanup Needs a Bigger Mop," 28 May 2019 University Hospitals was about one day away from moving eggs and embryos to safety when a temperature fluctuation in a storage tank damaged them, rendering all 4,000 eggs and embryos in the hospital system's care unviable. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "Investigations at University Hospitals fertility clinic ongoing, unlikely to lose accreditation," 9 May 2018 However, this belief that nonviolence, ahimsa, as an ideal and a method is impractical, unviable, and doomed, is not validated by data. Rajni Bakshi, Quartz India, "If we are naturally violent, why do armies spend so much on training to kill?," 1 Oct. 2019 What happens when climate change causes extreme events to become chronic, potentially rendering some communities unviable? Tony Matthews, Quartz, "The frightening phenomenon of ‘climigration’," 1 Oct. 2019 Some states make exceptions for unviable fetuses, or when the mother’s life is in danger, but women who miscarry or intentionally terminate pregnancies have sometimes been jailed for murder. Amy Guthrie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Explains: Abortion rights in Mexico and Latin America," 28 Sep. 2019 But the policy made the scheme unviable because the open-market dwellings could no longer subsidise the affordable ones, the company says. The Economist, "St Ives’s second-home crackdown has unintended consequences," 18 July 2019 Put simply, the Harris platform makes the private option both economically unviable for companies, and a poor choice versus her Medicare for All for workers. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Private Insurance Can’t Survive Under Kamala Harris’ Healthcare Plan. Here’s Why," 1 Aug. 2019 Newsom unveiled his plan in his first State of the State address, saying Gov. Jerry Brown’s previous proposal for building the entire 500-mile system was unviable and lacked the funding to succeed. Los Angeles Times, "In a blow to the bullet train, California might shift billions to L.A. and Bay Area projects," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of unviable

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Unviable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unviable. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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