Definitions

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

  • adj. Not workable, especially not capable of being put into practice successfully; not practicable: an unworkable scheme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. not workable or operable; not practical; unmanageable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not workable; not capable of being wrought into shape.
  • Hard to manage or to induce to work; indocile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not capable of being carried out or put into practice

Etymologies

un- +‎ workable. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Instead of being reinstated, which she called unworkable, Sands wanted two more years of pay.

    WBAY Action 2 News

  • This is due to an architecture that was unworkable from the start and everyone knew it.

    Augustine Committee Meets at MSFC Today - NASA Watch

  • But he described as unworkable a system where school boards spend money that supervisors must collect through taxes.

    Fairfax delegates want to dissolve elected school board

  • The whole plan is unworkable from the start — and O is not stupid enough to think otherwise.

    First look: the Emperor’s New Health Care Proposal. | RedState

  • The mining industry on Tuesday called for a revision of the draft National Environmental Management Bill, which it described as unworkable and not in the interests of South Africa or its people.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Industry representatives vow to push back against technology mandates they describe as unworkable, and they oppose new rules for tens of thousands of unregulated pipelines in oil and gas fields.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Jeff, not so sure about whether keeping him in Scotland and treating him compassionately would have been 'unworkable' - as Annabelle Goldie said perhaps Kenny MacAskill's indignation at this suggestion is related to the fact that his mind was set on returning Megrahi to Libya and he didn't really consider the 'compassion in Scotland' option - but at least your language seems a bit more moderate as compared to KM's rhetorical characterisation of the option as "grotesque" ;0

    MSPs debate Al-Megrahi decision

  • And President Bush ready to go to battle with his fellow Republicans over what one of his administration officials call his unworkable guest worker program.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2006

  • John Humphrys was so horrified that he almost fell of his chair because he seemed to think the idea unworkable.

    The Guardian World News

  • Santos yesterday described as unworkable'' Mr Windsor's calls for a moratorium on the mining until it can be proven that the process will not leach toxic gas into underground water.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

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