Definition of unelectable in English:



  • (of a candidate or party) very likely to be defeated at an election.

    ‘an unelectable extremist’
    • ‘Their refusal to compromise is leading them to select candidates who are unelectable.’
    • ‘The transformation from unelectable ramshackle to default party of power, was complete.’
    • ‘Any candidate with whom you agree 100% is probably unelectable.’
    • ‘However, yesterday she gave a strong indication she still considered herself a chance, rejecting claims that a single, childless woman was unelectable.’
    • ‘It is republican, socialist, internationalist and, on the polling evidence, still unelectable under first-past-the-post.’
    • ‘It is barely even relevant that the Tories are unelectable, people will vote for them just to deliver a point.’
    • ‘Opinion polls conclude he has the same popularity rating his predecessor, John Bruton, enjoyed when he was ousted as leader for being allegedly unelectable.’
    • ‘In thriving southern England, the party appeared divided, dated, and unelectable.’
    • ‘After Labour's second successive defeat in 1983, the party chose Neil Kinnock - a man widely admired by activists but who proved simply unelectable as Prime Minister.’
    • ‘He was a loyal supporter when Labour were reckoned to be unelectable, when a party leader would have lost his deposit if he had tried to muster showbiz votes for the cause.’
    • ‘Despite making huge strides forward under Michael Howard, the party is still considered unelectable.’
    • ‘‘We took a party considered unelectable and made it a feared campaigning machine that won two landslide elections,’ said Mr Campbell.’
    • ‘People could afford the moral symbolism of voting for an unelectable candidate.’
    • ‘Bills of this magnitude must be decided by the whole population, not a minority of unelected and unelectable people.’
    • ‘In both cases, the net effect is to make the party unelectable for the next decade.’
    • ‘At the last election, I found the Tories won the campaign (on tax cuts and asylum) but voters concluded they were unelectable.’
    • ‘An unelectable opponent does not an electable candidate make.’
    • ‘The Conservative Party, once advanced as ‘the natural party of government’, has become all but unelectable, and is riven by factional infighting.’
    • ‘But for all practical purposes, they're both unelectable this fall.’
    • ‘The Tories are - literally, as last Thursday showed - unelectable as a serious party of government.’