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 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 One area the bill is unlikely to touch: free college, an idea popular with the left that many Democratic policy makers say is unworkable. WSJ, "New House Committee Chiefs Take Their Chairs," 4 Jan. 2019 What other billionaire would leave his company after one of its most successful (and stressful) weeks, and then use his expertise to design a solution to the problem (even if that solution was immediately deemed unworkable)? Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 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

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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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