un·​work·​able | \ ˌən-ˈwər-kə-bəl How to pronounce unworkable (audio) \

Definition of unworkable

: not workable : impractical an unworkable plan/solution

Other Words from unworkable

unworkability \ ˌən-​ˌwər-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unworkable (audio) \ noun
unworkably \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​kə-​blē How to pronounce unworkable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unworkable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, these have proven to be unenforceable or unworkable in most places. Ike Brannon, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Refugee and human-rights groups called the plan inhumane, unworkable and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 But the Texas bill also is unworkable and confusing. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2021 Asking those offices to take on more of a workload in administering programs or monitoring defendants without adding to their staffs is unworkable. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, 17 Mar. 2022 If anything is struck out or deemed unworkable, Democrats will need to rewrite their legislation, which could take time. Lauren Fox And Ella Nilsen, CNN, 14 Dec. 2021 Among the theories explored, but dismissed as unworkable either due to legal, political or economic hang ups, was whether there were constitutional grounds to continue payments, as well as the idea of minting a trillion dollar coin, the person said. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Manchin has focused much of his effort on the child tax credit, seeking to impose new work and education requirements that many within his own party have opposed as unworkable. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Back in 2016, UK politicians announced plans to require age-verification systems on all pornographic websites accessible in the country—but the plans were dropped three years later after being considered unworkable. Matt Burgess, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unworkable

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Unworkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworkable. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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