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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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 Circumstances must be extraordinary, a law unworkable, for a court to overrule itself, Ms. Sanger said. New York Times, "Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances," 1 July 2018 The turmoil comes days before a scheduled visit by President Trump, a champion of the kind of sharp break with the European Union that May has deemed unworkable. Stephen Castle, BostonGlobe.com, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 9 July 2018 Opponents fear the law would lead to suppression of free speech and will prove unworkable. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Parliament Rejects Controversial Copyright Law," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of unworkable

1839, in the meaning defined above

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