un·​win·​na·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈwi-nə-bəl How to pronounce unwinnable (audio) \

Definition of unwinnable

: incapable of being won an unwinnable struggle also : impregnable an unwinnable fortress

Examples of unwinnable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, unwinnable, in that even should Russian troops replace Ukraine's democratic government at bayonet point with a Russian puppet and occupy the country, the Kremlin faces a bloody insurgency and crushing economic consequences. Douglas London, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 It was seen as an unwinnable fight but two years ago, something incredible happened. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 How else could the Russian President have so recklessly placed the world on the precipice of the unthinkable, with what outside the Kremlin is seen as an unjustified and unwinnable war in Ukraine? Douglas London, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 In 2019, the UAE pulled most of its troops from Yemen, after privately deeming the war unwinnable. Mostafa Salem And Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 The famous newsman Walter Cronkite announced that the war was unwinnable, and President Lyndon Johnson had another reason not to seek a second full term in office. Arkansas Online, 31 Jan. 2022 Barack Obama and Donald Trump both knew that the war in Afghanistan was unwinnable, and yet did nothing to end it, in part because of the predictable response from the media and many American allies. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 In 2019, the UAE pulled most of its troops from Yemen, after privately deeming the war unwinnable. Becky Anderson, Sarah El Sirgany And Helen Regan, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 Arlen Specter to switch parties rather than face him in an unwinnable primary, are now the hunted in a party that has remade itself in Trump’s image. Colby Itkowitz, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unwinnable

circa 1540, in the meaning defined above

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“Unwinnable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwinnable. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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