unwinnable

adjective
un·​win·​na·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈwi-nə-bəl \

Definition of unwinnable

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

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Just look at the reactions to last night: A slew of women won in districts that were thought to be unwinnable, but the Twitter chatterati pointed to one man who came close but still lost as the leading presidential contender in 2020. Jill Filipovic, Marie Claire, "Women Won Big Last Night. Now It's Time to Get to Work," 7 Nov. 2018 Congressional candidates who lost in close contests inspired us, such as M.J. Hegar and Amy McGrath—female military vets who took on seemingly unwinnable fights against incumbents deep in the heart of red America—once again put service above self. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 While legal threats can have a chilling effect on individual ROM sites, stopping the illicit distribution of classic gaming ROMs wholesale is likely an unwinnable game of Internet Whac-A-Mole. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site," 9 Aug. 2018 Its most troubling revelation, as seen through the eyes of a tough but idealistic FBI agent played by Emily Blunt, wasn’t that the war on drugs was unwinnable. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Violent, self-admiring sequel 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' gets lost in the desert," 26 June 2018 Vinegar Here’s another battle that’s probably unwinnable because the product isn’t going away and truthful terminology doesn’t even exist. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 With national Democrats playing up their chances, Christine Mai-Duc and Jazmine Ulloa dive in to report on the more than a dozen California Democrats who are attempting to unseat GOP incumbents in districts long considered unwinnable. Christina Bellantoni, latimes.com, "The California primary is tomorrow. Get ready for a long night (or week!)," 4 June 2018 Ultimately, Laurel may have been in a simply unwinnable position, destined to lose against Domenick and Wendell, but without a true alternate game plan. Stephen Fishbach, PEOPLE.com, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018 But Captain Medina and Lieutenant William L. Calley Jr., who was subsequently convicted of murder at a court-martial as the leader of the platoon that carried out the massacre, came to be viewed by many as scapegoats in an unwinnable conflict. Richard Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Ernest Medina, 81, Army captain acquitted in My Lai Massacre," 14 May 2018

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circa 1540, in the meaning defined above

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