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

Examples of unworkable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, if that is unworkable, On-Line Gamers Anonymous (olganon.org) may be a helpful alternative for you. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Online gaming isolates man from his family and friends," 19 Oct. 2019 However, if that is unworkable, On-Line Gamers Anonymous (olganon.org) may be a helpful alternative for you. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Man finds online gaming addiction hard to shake," 19 Oct. 2019 But elder-law attorneys said the concept was flawed and unworkable. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder law attorneys’ lobbying. For some courts, exceptions have become the rule | Special report," 30 Aug. 2019 Officials had considered selling bonds and charging tolls to pay off the debt, but rejected the idea as politically and financially unworkable. Bill Turque, kansascity, "With tolls off the table, here’s how KC hopes to pay for the new Buck O’Neil Bridge," 9 Jan. 2018 Although Salvini's intervention appears to make the current government unworkable, an early election is not certain. NBC News, "Italy's Salvini calls for elections, raises possibility of far-right rule," 11 Aug. 2019 None of that means these moderate approaches are bad or unworkable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democrats are skipping the most important health care debate," 2 Aug. 2019 Radical, unworkable, fantastic, irresponsible: That’s how a handful of Democratic candidates assailed the Medicare for All plan proposed by the front-runners at last night’s debate. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "A reminder to B-list Democratic candidates: The US has a bad health care system," 30 July 2019 Some of your plans could prove a bit wishful and unworkable, so reach out to friends and co-workers for their realistic input. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 1, 2019: Leo, healthy skepticism could serve you well; Gemini, blend in with people of similar backgrounds," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of unworkable

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Unworkable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworkable. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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