from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not finishable; that cannot be finished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incapable of being finished, concluded, or completed.


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  • Similarly, Dimock quotes Michael Wood on the "unfinishable" nature of the idea of genres.

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  • Having attempted to read the book, I'll just say this: in my opinion, the book is unfinishable.

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  • I posted an unfinishable but mainly complete piece on Elizabeth Bradfield to Constant Critic earlier this week.

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  • Unfinished and unfinishable, Byron's masterwork ought to be his monument.

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  • The notes, drafts, and letters offer glimpses of thought in motion and seem to promise a chance to assemble (and reassemble) an unfinishable map of the terrain Bishop left behind.

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  • The mentoring partnership: Mentees will have the opportunity to work with a personal mentor on any aspect of their writing – for example style; editorial techniques; finishing the seemingly unfinishable; moving from writing for print to writing for radio or television scripts; writing for the stage...

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  • Projects tackled have ranged from finishing an unfinishable novel to creating a new stage play to moving from book illustration into writing drawing illustrated stories.

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  • It was not only unfinished but, judging from the excerpts, unfinishable.

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  • A final quotation from Orwell's 1984 is used to suggest that the Iraq war is part of a wider and inherently unfinishable global war whose real purpose is to keep power in the hands of America's economic elite.

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  • Why not follow the example of his heroic nineteenth-century masters, until his own antiheroic "total" work of art someday trails off, unfinished because unfinishable?

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