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 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 Other states are expected to follow California’s example, leading to what the industry views as an unworkable patchwork of different legal standards. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech Executives Warn of Overregulation in Privacy Push," 26 Sep. 2018 Many held outreach sessions for their members, who considered the program but deemed it unworkable for a variety of reasons. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Few N.Y. Businesses Sign Up for State Program to Bypass Trump Tax Limits," 2 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unworkable

1839, in the meaning defined above

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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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