unwinnable

adjective
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 The concept was to render nuclear war unwinnable, and therefore unthinkable. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine," 15 Dec. 2020 Hitler trusted his gut to win what eventually became an unwinnable war that destroyed his nation and led to his suicide. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, "It’s Already Happening Here," 3 Nov. 2020 Here’s what not to do: Don’t pretend to agree with him on his political views so as not to rock the boat, but also try to keep the conversations impersonal, so that different opinions don’t sprout into unwinnable arguments. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Our chemistry is awesome, but politically we’re totally incompatible. Could dating short-term work?," 4 Oct. 2020 But for now, Facebook remains in an unwinnable position. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Facebook’s Unenviable Position," 18 Sep. 2020 Comfort with our hinterland status is also what distinguishes those of us on Mountain time from our neighbors on Central, forever ensnared in an unwinnable game of catch-up with the East Coast. Kyle Paoletta, New York Times, "Mountain Time Is the Best Time Zone in America," 18 Aug. 2020 Many of her friends thought the race was unwinnable. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "From the Streets of Oakland to the Cusp of History: The Journey of Kamala Harris," 12 Aug. 2020 The Saudis want to find a face-saving escape from a costly war that seems unwinnable. The Economist, "The invisible outbreak Covid-19 quietly sweeps across Yemen," 4 June 2020 The intensifying split in the south could further impede the Saudis’ efforts to find a way out of the costly and seemingly unwinnable war against the Houthis. Maggie Michael, The Christian Science Monitor, "Separatist power grab throws Yemen's south into turmoil," 5 May 2020

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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 24 Jan. 2021.

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