un·​us·​able | \ ˌən-ˈyü-zə-bəl How to pronounce unusable (audio) \

Definition of unusable

: not capable of being used or fit for use : not usable unusable documentary footage The lavatory, totally unusable, was full of snow which had blasted in through the keyhole.— Katharine Sim

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unusably \ ˌən-​ˈyü-​zə-​blē How to pronounce unusable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unusable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Historic wildfires fueled by climate change have burned the forests in the canyon and polluted the river with ashen runoff — making the water supply at times unusable. CBS News, 16 Oct. 2021 But the Ash Street high rise remains unusable due to asbestos and other issues, although the city spent more than $60 million on lease payments and renovations since the lease was approved by the City Council in 2016. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 The City of Berea will be collecting household hazardous waste, tires, fluorescent bulbs and unusable or outdated electronics from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9. cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 Something that, of course, renders the machines unusable. Andy Meek, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 As Lake Powell falls past its historic low, boat ramps up and down the reservoir are becoming unusable. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Aug. 2021 The secretary of state's office has declared the voting machines unusable because of the Senate audit. Stephanie Becker, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 If climate scientists are correct, future flooding will be more frequent, rendering the course unusable and necessitating costly repair and restoration. Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 Doing so can mitigate the damages caused by ransomware attacks that could render your own data encrypted and unusable. Atal Bansal, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of unusable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Unusable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unusable. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unusable

: not good enough to be used : not usable

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