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 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 William Gruber, one of Pfizer’s top vaccine executives, argued that this plan was unworkable. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Pfizer and BioNTech speed up timeline for offering Covid-19 to placebo volunteers," 1 Jan. 2021 This touches on the unworkable idea of a black James Bond — the most absurd of all recent progressive cultural wishes. Armond White, National Review, "Christopher Nolan Pursues Hollywood’s New Tenets," 23 Dec. 2020 Several non-profit groups have lined up behind the plan, although Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office calls it unworkable. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "Why a judge said city officials should be forced to continue New Orleans jail expansion," 7 Dec. 2020 The remaining instances of non-static states produced results that were unworkable, being based in ideals rather than feasibility. Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 The quarantine procedures are necessary to prevent transmission of the virus, but the frequent shifts between in-person and distance learning became unworkable amid rising case rates. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista secondary schools close through winter break," 30 Nov. 2020 But if yours leak butter or the dough becomes sticky and unworkable, do not despair. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Kouigns amann may be the best pastry you will ever have," 11 Sep. 2020 Trump has for weeks sought to paint Biden’s climate policies as too aggressive and unworkable. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: California is Trump’s new campaign argument against Biden’s climate plans," 28 Aug. 2020 The national government wanted to make its COVID-19 tracing app mandatory, but a broad outcry has forced it to back down from the plan which was widely criticized as unworkable and unconstitutional. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, "European nations mixed in their response to virus spikes," 20 Oct. 2020

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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 Jan. 2021.

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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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