Definition of unsaleable in English:


(also unsalable)


  • Not able to be sold.

    ‘the house proved unsaleable’
    • ‘Moreover, sometimes an area becomes blighted almost overnight, so that what was a desirable home becomes unsaleable and again the price plummets.’
    • ‘The NFU was also concerned that meat and milk from vaccinated stock would be unsaleable.’
    • ‘It was important, however, and when in the 1870s James Shorb, a typical pioneer, found that many of the million bottles of wine he was making every year proved unsaleable, he reverted to selling only brandy.’
    • ‘The book is definitely an academic book, but given the general level of interest in race and economic liberty issues not one that is inherently unsaleable to a somewhat broader audience.’
    • ‘Scotland's forest industry has focused on producing low value timber while business has been ignoring the energy potential of hitherto unsaleable parts of the tree or sawmill by-products like sawdust and woodchips.’
    • ‘It can drag on for years and even after the issue is resolved your house can be left uninsurable, and therefore unmortgageable, unsaleable and potentially worthless.’
    • ‘The cull was carried out on the advice of government vets after foot-and-mouth, a contagious disease which renders livestock unsaleable, broke out in Britain in 2001.’
    • ‘When we get saddled with unsaleable items, it costs us money to get rid of them.’
    • ‘He added that about 80 pc of NFU members were opposed to vaccination, fearing it would prolong the epidemic and make meat and dairy products unsaleable.’
    • ‘I said, politely, that I didn't like them, thinking he had mistaken me for someone who might be happy to help him get rid of his unsaleable items and that he must have kept back his stock of fashion footwear.’
    • ‘Developers mid-way through construction who blithely ignored the warning signs about leaky homes and waterproofing have unsaleable, even uncertifiable properties.’
    • ‘It was stated that banks could only lend to farms that could be sold in an agricultural depression - startling to those who know that farms are unsaleable in an agricultural depression.’
    • ‘Rics said: ‘Buyers need buildings insurance before lenders will grant a mortgage, so these uninsurable homes could also be rendered unsaleable.’’
    • ‘When I was short-listed for the Booker last time round, I spent five years writing what was probably my most unsaleable book of all - Ghosts.’
    • ‘In today's Highlands, the march of the modern means that the hills support unsaleable sheep and the shores inedible shellfish; salmon are caged and deer without number pollute the bens.’
    • ‘She admitted to taking three Pringles from an unsaleable damaged box.’
    • ‘Normal market mechanisms were disrupted, agricultural production fell behind, and China's people exhausted themselves producing what turned out to be shoddy, unsalable goods.’
    • ‘The push for privatisation is the push to give some security to the young workers who will otherwise be left with nothing but the Federal equivalent of six cartons of unsaleable widgets.’
    • ‘The shop was stocked out with unsaleable Cantona merchandise and they all went to kids in Africa in the end.’
    • ‘Why would any publisher produce an unsaleable novel?’
    faulty, flawed, defective, shoddy, unsound, unsellable, unfit, inferior, second-rate, below par, below standard, substandard
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