un·​work·​able ˌən-ˈwər-kə-bəl How to pronounce unworkable (audio)
: not workable : impractical
an unworkable plan/solution
unworkability noun
unworkably adverb

Examples of unworkable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new regulations have received widespread criticism from Republicans, Democrats, consumer groups and industry associations, which argue such a plan is unworkable and not feasible. Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 14 Apr. 2024 But during a public comment period on the standards for 2027 through 2032, the auto industry called the benchmarks unworkable with EV sales slowing as consumers worry about cost, range and a lack of publicly available charging stations. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 Potentially half of the 2 million or so agents in America could quit, Miller predicts, as the new rules become unworkable for many brokers. David Goldman, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 Carl had been accepted to Notre Dame, for instance, but even at 1960s rates, the price seemed unworkable. Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2024 The snow and high winds made for hazardous or unworkable conditions at various ski resorts. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 But if Congress one day ended the federal payments, critics said, state governments could be suddenly saddled with unworkable new bills. Kiara Brantley-Jones, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 Renting scooters might be an unworkable business idea. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 Senior Israelis have previously pushed the idea of unaffiliated clan leaders taking charge of many government functions, which critics dismiss as an unworkable alliance with inexperienced locals who would be seen as Israeli proxies. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unworkable was in 1839

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“Unworkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworkable. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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