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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Recent Examples on the Web That turned particularly rancorous in Norfolk, where opponents portrayed the deal as bad for the city and financially unviable. Washington Post, "Virginia cities hope to cash in after voters approve casino measures," 13 Nov. 2020 Removing that subsidy and making new drilling economically unviable could keep up to 300 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere in 2030. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "ExxonMobil’s Real Quid Pro Quo With the Government," 21 Oct. 2020 Cyclones churned up by climate change make farming and fishing there increasingly unviable. Smita Sharma, National Geographic, "Stolen lives: The harrowing story of two girls sold into sexual slavery," 28 Sep. 2020 Prices are linked to some international gas markets such as the U.S., Canada, Russia and the U.K. A global glut that led to a price crash is threatening to undermine investments and turn gas businesses of ONGC and Oil India unviable. Debjit Chakraborty, Bloomberg.com, "India Mulls Gas Price Floor Pegged to Asia LNG to Help ONGC," 25 Sep. 2020 Even at the local level, capacity limitations make shows financially unviable. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Teetering on the brink, Michigan music venues turn to Lansing for emergency relief," 25 Sep. 2020 What the researchers pieced together is that this seemingly harmonious partnership evolved through a duel at the cellular and genetic levels, one that left the ant eggs largely unviable on their own. Quanta Magazine, "How Two Became One: Origins of a Mysterious Symbiosis Found," 9 Sep. 2020 Besides banking, which is already grappling with a bad loans crisis, insurance companies may see their business become unviable depending on the claims that will be made when the dust settles. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "Indian economy was rolling down a hill. With Covid-19, it’s falling off a cliff," 2 Apr. 2020 The competition unleashed by the service revolution made many of these conglomerates unviable, leading to a long period of breakups and buyouts. Chang-tai Hsieh And Esteban Rossi-hansberg, WSJ, "Big Business Is Driving America’s Smaller Cities," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unviable

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Unviable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unviable. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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