un·​vi·​a·​ble ˌən-ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce unviable (audio)
: incapable of growth or development : not viable
unviable seeds
an unviable business/investment

Examples of unviable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research NO: Over restriction of e-scooters made this transportation option unviable. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Were it found to have accepted state subsidies from China that are large enough to have distorted the competitive playing field, Elon Musk’s company may face punitive tariffs that render exports to the EU from its flagship plant economically unviable. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2023 Extreme weather events from droughts to heat waves affect crop yields and their nutritional value, and some crops will become unviable in certain areas. Sabrina Weiss, WIRED, 17 Aug. 2023 Knocking out many of those genes in the flies either made the insects unviable or gave them various defects. Hannah Seo, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Scandinavian countries, for instance, have facilitated extraordinary cooperation among businesses, unions, and governments, ensuring that workers have the skills for new jobs when global competition or automation renders old ones unviable. Raghuram G. Rajan, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 Targeting them eventually became commercially unviable, and the name monkfish was relegated to another species, the anglerfish. Dag Goering, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2023 The specialization and strides made abroad in those sectors have rendered the investment in them domestically superfluous and fiscally unviable. Benny Buller, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 But what sustained the community in the 20th century proved unviable in the 21st as milk prices dropped. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unviable was in 1931

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“Unviable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unviable. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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