Definition of unusable in English:



  • Not fit to be used.

    ‘the steps were overgrown and unusable’
    • ‘It's completely unacceptable that CD-Rs become unusable in less than two years.’
    • ‘Lack of maintenance and removal of parts from older ships made them potentially dangerous and often unusable during a war.’
    • ‘The test was designed to simulate what would happen if their offices became unusable in the event of a wide-scale power loss or crowd trouble.’
    • ‘Often the mines have been laid in agricultural land, making it unusable and so a jungle grows up, making the mines even more difficult to find.’
    • ‘This extension to the route is unusable for wheelchair users.’
    • ‘In their place are holes, which easily fill up with rainwater rendering them almost unusable.’
    • ‘Some ranchers found that water became unusable after seismic testing alone.’
    • ‘The booking office at the station has been attacked twice and the stairwell on the northbound platform has been wrecked leaving it unusable.’
    • ‘This should eliminate the possibility of deliberate arsons because the timber is unusable three years after the fire.’
    • ‘Northwest Airlines refused to make refunds for the unusable tickets.’
    • ‘Four times now, I have accidentally rendered the site unusable.’
    • ‘It is great to have expansive fields around the school, but unfortunately in wet weather they become unusable for some time.’
    • ‘When I bought the place, it was open to the sky and there were ferns and trees growing there - it was just an unusable and unpassable area.’
    • ‘Most of the equipment was unusable because of damage and contamination but some was sent away for sterilisation.’
    • ‘Industry standards dictate that the 2000 survey figures are unusable and out of date.’
    • ‘Vandals have badly damaged seafront steps, leaving them unusable.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago this land was unusable and uninhabited, its soil burdened by a high degree of aluminium toxicity.’
    • ‘Windows in each classroom are at a height of 1.8m and thus are rendered unusable for fire escape.’
    • ‘I absolutely hate it when installing something screws your PC up so much that it is unusable.’
    • ‘The mere rumour of a landmine can render a community's fields unusable.’
    futile, pointless, purposeless, impractical, vain, in vain, to no purpose, to no avail, unavailing, bootless, nugatory, hopeless, unusable, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, fruitless, unprofitable, profitless, unproductive, unachievable, sisyphean
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