Definition of unwinnable in English:



  • Not able to be won.

    ‘an immoral and unwinnable war’
    • ‘For the past three years he has been locked in an unwinnable war against the Chechens and has opposed their demands for autonomy by deploying large numbers of troops against them.’
    • ‘His last years were plagued by unwinnable wars.’
    • ‘The domestic drug war is not only unwinnable, it has exacted a high social cost.’
    • ‘It's time to accept drug use as a right of adult Americans, treat drug abuse as a public health problem and end the madness of an unwinnable war.’
    • ‘Even once the cause of the Peru missionary tragedy is established and steps are taken to prevent a recurrence, the drug war will remain unwinnable until the U.S. appetite for narcotics is suppressed.’
    • ‘What keeps us glued to the TV set, besides natural disasters, unwinnable wars, terrorist plots, missing white women and celebrity court trials?’
    • ‘In the war against drugs, which is probably an unwinnable one, it is one of the few black and white issues.’
    • ‘This is why they fought an unwinnable war for so long.’
    • ‘On the current prospectus, the war on terror is unwinnable.’
    • ‘They fully recognize that given Canada's size and dependence on the US economy such a policy could only embroil them in an unwinnable trade war.’
    • ‘You see, dear friends, we were watching Henry V, Shakespeare's ode to victory against all odds, when I began to think about another seemingly unwinnable war - the fight against the tuition hikes.’
    • ‘We're tying up billions of dollars in an unwinnable, perpetual war on an enemy that we can't even locate.’
    • ‘The war on drugs is to be intensified on a European basis, a war that has proved unwinnable all over the world and has been synonymous with repression and cruelty.’
    • ‘Many reporters there gradually concluded that war was unwinnable.’
    • ‘Only once the war was unwinnable did Stalin loosen his grip on the Spanish Republican cause, which - contrary to a simplistic explanation merely of Stalinist betrayal - itself had long since abandoned democracy.’
    • ‘One of the principal reasons for which the war against terrorism is unwinnable is the fact that both sides have vested interests in the perpetuation of the frontier-land conditions.’
    • ‘His successor, knowing the war was unwinnable, nevertheless carpet-bombed the region in order to fend off an inevitable defeat until after his re-election campaign.’
    • ‘A period of evolution in military technology may cause a head of water to build up which will then create a more sudden change in organization and attitudes - the realization that major war is unwinnable, for example.’
    • ‘Ireland's history has been strewn with uneven battles, tales of gross inequality and unwinnable wars, yet it stands tall.’
    • ‘It demonstrated to large numbers of Americans that the war was unwinnable on the battlefield.’