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 alternative to the awful, unworkable status quo is not erasing the border but letting more people enter legally — as immigrants, workers and refugees. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Julián Castro knows criminalizing immigration is a failure," 28 June 2019 They are now resigned to the fact that, after three years of finally making the UK understand its position, a new leader with unworkable ideas is about to come and make demands that make no sense. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Theresa May's days are ending but the Brexit fantasy lives on," 7 June 2019 The union has accused Turner of wanting unworkable provisions in a new union contract, including a $15-an-hour wage and benefits cut. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Carpenters vote to keep their union amid strike, dispute with big KC area contractor," 29 May 2018 The first is for outside groups to put a repeal of TABOR on the ballot and to honestly explain all of the clever ways the state has finagled to not comply with TABOR so voters can see how truly unworkable the amendment is in its purest state. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Want to repeal TABOR? We do too, but here’s some realistic advice.," 20 June 2019 Businesses argue that the CCPA is overly broad and that complying with different laws in every state is unworkable, preferring instead a lighter touch regulation at the federal level. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's," 4 June 2019 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

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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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