Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Too expensive: medical care that has become unaffordable for many.

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  • adj. Too expensive to be afforded

Etymologies

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un- +‎ affordable

Examples

  • So how unaffordable is the possibility of a $75,000 a year income after 15 years, for a nine month contract, with all sorts of fringe benefits — such as health care, retirement, tickets to sports and cultural events, and even free or subsidized parking?

    Calling All Tenors, Baritones, and Basses « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • The LibDems recently dropped their commitment to immediately abolish university fees and the huge debt they entail for most students, claiming it was 'unaffordable' - just at a time when more young people are looking to higher education as a way of avoiding the dole queue.

    Socialist Party Main leads

  • I have been struggling for the last couple, Bush’s handling of the economy has definitely hurt my business, less money for all those things that used to feel like ‘needs’, now are looking like ‘extras’, that can wait a while longer or are just plain unaffordable now, just the basics of life, thinking, maybe next month … and I cannot do anything about that.

    Think Progress » Help Raise the Minimum Wage

  • This has led to a sharp increase in property prices, to what some experts call unaffordable levels and an explosion of new planned buildings.

    Indian Homebuyers Struggle with Bubble

  • A town is classified as unaffordable if its House Price/First Time Buyer household income ratio is above 4.0.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • But as Mr. Obama noted on ABC, a pared-down package imposing restrictions on insurers might make coverage unaffordable, which is one reason he prefers a broad overhaul.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • • A powerful blog by Liz Sayce, CEO of Radar, the disability charity, on the outrageous discrimination faced by Jane Cordell, a diplomat who was denied a new posting by the Foreign Office on the grounds that the workplace adjustments needed by Cordell, who is deaf, were "unaffordable":

    Society daily 02.11.10

  • These neighborhoods may be "unaffordable," but suburbs they definitely are not. joshuadf

    The True Cost of Living in “Affordable” Suburbs « PubliCola

  • Entitlements are always sold as modest and "paid for," then years later everyone suddenly discovers that they are "unaffordable" without digging deeper into the pockets of the middle class.

    ObamaCare's Reality Deficit

  • The Free Democrats and their senior coalition partners, the Christian Democrats, campaigned last year on cutting taxes, but declared their elec tion pledge "unaffordable" after they won.

    Germany's Tax-Cut Dodgers

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