un·​work·​able | \ ˌən-ˈwər-kə-bəl How to pronounce unworkable (audio) \

Definition of unworkable

: not workable : impractical an unworkable plan/solution

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unworkability \ ˌən-​ˌwər-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unworkability (audio) \ noun
unworkably \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​kə-​blē How to pronounce unworkably (audio) \ adverb

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The first is for outside groups to put a repeal of TABOR on the ballot and to honestly explain all of the clever ways the state has finagled to not comply with TABOR so voters can see how truly unworkable the amendment is in its purest state. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Want to repeal TABOR? We do too, but here’s some realistic advice.," 20 June 2019 Businesses argue that the CCPA is overly broad and that complying with different laws in every state is unworkable, preferring instead a lighter touch regulation at the federal level. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's," 4 June 2019 The fact that Trump’s co-partisans decline to restrain him in any way makes the American constitutional system borderline unworkable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s talk of pardoning Manafort is a clear abuse of power," 29 Nov. 2018 One area the bill is unlikely to touch: free college, an idea popular with the left that many democratic policymakers think unworkable. WSJ, "Meet the New Agenda Setters in the House," 7 Nov. 2018 The fight confirms Amazon executives’ judgment that piling more and more eggs into the Seattle basket is fundamentally unworkable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 The arrangement of having two prime ministers proved unworkable. Fox News, "Hun Sen plays hardball to keep his grip on Cambodia," 31 July 2018 The League goes well beyond reasonable concern over refugees, advocating xenophobic and unworkable deportation policies. The Economist, "Italy’s populists are more dangerous than they seem," 17 May 2018 The department has agreed to provide requested information for specific investigations but that arrangement is unworkable, McConnell wrote. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "AP NewsBreak: Dunleavy eyes repeal of alcohol, pot boards," 18 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of unworkable

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unworkable was in 1839

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English Language Learners Definition of unworkable

: not able to be done well or successfully : not practical or workable

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