Definition of unviable in English:



  • Not capable of working successfully; not feasible.

    ‘the commission found the plan to be financially unviable’
    • ‘The reason given was that the Rarotonga Airport runway was not long enough for the aircraft to take off with a full load, making the service economically unviable.’
    • ‘Cambridge abandoned plans for a new research facility last week claiming the cost of protecting it from animal rights extremists made the project economically unviable.’
    • ‘The question persists as to whether the current form of global capitalism is ecologically and socially sustainable and hence is politically unviable in the long run.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It wasn't a popular route 95 per cent of the time and had become financially unviable for us.’’
    • ‘In whose interests would it be to have an incomplete or unviable development in Scarborough North Bay?’
    • ‘A proposal to introduce a mobile library servicing areas of rural Waterford that don't have a public library has been rejected as economically unviable.’
    • ‘It is due to this severe downturn in business that the business has become unviable in its present form to the point where the owners have sought to sell the whole property inclusive of outbuildings.’
    • ‘According to the report, findings of the consultant's report Shannon would be unviable as a single entity while Cork would suffer substantial losses.’
    • ‘The Minerals and Petroleum Resources Department claims an aluminium smelter in WA would be unviable due to high energy costs.’
    • ‘The Government struggled to find sites for this latest round of tests; if many more landowners drop out then the trials will be scientifically unviable and must be called off.’
    • ‘It's virtually nothing but a support scheme for unviable French farmers whose ventures exist for historical and cultural, not economic, reasons.’
    • ‘Although Rover workers at Longbridge initially celebrated the withdrawal of Alchemy, the reality is that their hopes are now pinned on a deal that was once dismissed as unviable.’
    • ‘We do not want to have something that becomes financially unviable.’
    • ‘He said the tax, which the Treasurer claims will see two-thirds of clubs pay either no tax or less tax, would also hurt smaller clubs, making them unviable.’
    • ‘He said: ‘This is potentially another nail in the coffin of the commoners' lifestyle, which makes it unviable.’’
    • ‘Arriva Trains Wales has denied that it is planning to end rail services at Carmarthen, but the association believes that poor quality connections could make the service unviable.’
    • ‘He remarked that the Ring Road bus service, which looked worryingly unviable at first, was fast picking up, and would take a lot of pressure off the City's roads.’
    • ‘The situation has left small quarries economically unviable, which is threatening attempts to boost supplies of local stone for historic building repairs, he said.’
    • ‘It is an unviable situation, where, the local county council are stripped of any voice to represent their electorate in regard to such major developments.’
    • ‘Icmsa will not tolerate State bodies implementing laws, which could either deprive farmers of their premia rights or make farming unviable.’