Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective That cannot be used.
  • adjective Not fit for use.

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  • adjective Not usable.

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  • adjective not capable of being used

Etymologies

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un- +‎ usable

Examples

  • It has been called to my attention that the word "I. .evidently unusable" is the equivalent of the N word.

    Traveler's Checks

  • The world is awash in unusable, overly-complex and frustrating software.

    Bringing Women to Computer Science

  • The world is awash in unusable, overly-complex and frustrating software.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Yeah yeah, language changes and all that, but in this case, the change has just rendered the word unusable by careful writers.

    The enormity!

  • While few pathways are now visible, the area is still studded with bomb craters, old gun positions, wrecked trucks and unexploded cluster bombs that were dropped to render the terrain unusable.

    Huet, Henri

  • While few pathways are now visible, the area is still studded with bomb craters, old gun positions, wrecked trucks and unexploded cluster bombs that were dropped to render the terrain unusable.

    Shimamoto, Keizaburo

  • While few pathways are now visible, the area is still studded with bomb craters, old gun positions, wrecked trucks and unexploded cluster bombs that were dropped to render the terrain unusable.

    Burrows, Larry

  • While few pathways are now visible, the area is still studded with bomb craters, old gun positions, wrecked trucks and unexploded cluster bombs that were dropped to render the terrain unusable.

    Potter, Kent B.

  • Venus, our planet's evil sister, has already been identified as unusable for life because of … yes, because of the greenhouse effect that occured in the past.

    Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com

  • In Japan and South Korea, more users access social networks via mobile than by desktop, so Facebook has some substantial catching up to do given that Olivan admits its mobile site was "unusable" eight months ago.

    How Facebook will take over the world

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