un·​work·​able ˌən-ˈwər-kə-bəl How to pronounce unworkable (audio)
: not workable : impractical
an unworkable plan/solution
unworkability noun
unworkably adverb

Examples of unworkable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both companies have said the law is unworkable for their businesses, and Meta has already ended news sharing on its platforms. Fox News, 24 Aug. 2023 Just a few months ago, a New York judge scheduled a new trial start date — July 19 — for the case after key issues made its prior February start date unworkable. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2023 The proposal is unworkable, people on the AMPTP side have said, pointing out that there are plenty of shows that don’t work. Wendy Lee and Meg James, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2023 Still, a blanket law against posting strangers without their consent would be draconian and unworkable. WIRED, 28 July 2023 Business groups worry anti-ESG bills are unworkable and present financial risks for both companies and state residents. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 3 May 2023 Does the N-word lapse suggest such a model is unworkable? Katherine Alejandra Cross, WIRED, 20 July 2023 The young age of these most vulnerable children makes protecting them through more traditional means — vaccination — unworkable. Helen Branswell, STAT, 17 July 2023 Opponents argued the action was cruel and also unworkable, as there are not enough shelter beds to accommodate the people who would be subject to its enforcement. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unworkable was in 1839

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“Unworkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworkable. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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