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

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Speculators have driven huge price fluctuations that make bitcoin unviable as a currency and dangerous as an investment. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "The Man Who Solved Bitcoin’s Most Notorious Heist," 10 Aug. 2018 Some of stevia’s glycosides taste better than others in the plant but only occur in up to 1% of the leaf, making them commercially unviable, said Andrew Ohmes, Cargill’s global product lead for high-intensity sweeteners. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "This Sugar Substitute Aims to Avoid a Bitter End," 19 Oct. 2018 Opposition leaders have criticized Mr. Yameen’s embrace of Beijing, accusing him of burdening the Maldives with piles of debt for economically unviable projects and exposing the country to interference from Beijing. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives Election Result Halts Drift Toward Authoritarianism," 24 Sep. 2018 La Liga champions Barcelona have pulled out of the race to sign Eden Hazard after the club deemed the transfer to be 'unviable' this summer, according to reports. SI.com, "Barcelona Rule Out Move for World Cup Star as Soon-to-Be Chelsea Boss Sets Terms With Owner," 11 July 2018 An Arizona woman left a Peoria, Arizona, Walgreens pharmacy in tears last Wednesday after she was denied medication to induce miscarriage prescribed by her doctor following news of her unviable pregnancy. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Walgreens Pharmacist Refused to Fill a Woman's Prescription to Induce Miscarriage. And It Was Legal.," 25 June 2018 Greenpeace Hungary also claims the plant would be economically unviable. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Nuclear waste could be headed to West Texas under house bill," 9 May 2018 There would be costs: workers at state firms revealed to be unviable would lose their jobs. The Economist, "The fade of the house of Castro," 18 Apr. 2018 The hospital has not disposed of any unviable embryos, Liu said. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "UH explains how it lost all the embryos in its fertility clinic (photos, video)," 27 Mar. 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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