un·​work·​able | \ˌən-ˈwər-kə-bəl \

Definition of unworkable 

: not workable : impractical an unworkable plan/solution

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unworkability \ˌən-​ˌwər-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
unworkably \ˌən-​ˈwər-​kə-​blē \ adverb

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Apparently, the actual regulations that the Trump administration wrote were unworkable. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s association health plans are kind of a flop," 20 July 2018 The distinction drawn in the Abood case — between a union’s political spending and other activities — is untenable and unworkable, Justice Alito added. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Ruling Delivers a Sharp Blow to Labor Unions," 27 June 2018 Silicon Valley opponents had called the ballot measure too broad and unworkable. Jazmine Ulloa, latimes.com, "California lawmakers agree to new consumer privacy rules that would avert showdown on the November ballot," 22 June 2018 At the same time, Mr. Francisco suggested that governing Supreme Court precedent in such cases has proven to be unworkable. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Consider Apple Appeal in Lawsuit Over iPhone App Prices," 18 June 2018 His new one required more than eight hours a day at an office, and the loss of his flexible work situation made day-care pickups for their son suddenly unworkable. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Working Women Often Underestimate Motherhood Costs," 26 June 2018 But many anti-Brexit lawmakers are clinging to hopes that the whole project could be abandoned as too complex or unworkable. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 Trump's proposal to shift the costs to local and state governments is seen as unworkable because they already are overwhelmed by day-to-day needs. Christi Parsons, latimes.com, "Trump takes pitch for big infrastructure program to Ohio, despite dismal odds in GOP Congress," 29 Mar. 2018 Matthew said that New England's high property values, taxes, insurance, and labor costs have made farming for the agribusiness market unworkable. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Blue Slope Farm Sells Off Its Milking Herd," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of unworkable

1839, in the meaning defined above

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