Definition of unrealizable in US English:


(British unrealisable)


  • Not able to be achieved or made to happen.

    ‘the summit might generate unrealizable public expectations’
    • ‘The unrealisable utopian welfare project resulted in nothing less than a collapse of all the values that had made the British so admirable, as he catalogues in this devastating litany.’
    • ‘And, finally, he must recognize that the goals of equality of income and equality of opportunity are conceptually unrealizable and are therefore absurd.’
    • ‘The government's commitment to higher education for its own sake creates unrealisable expectations for the students involved, and a false sense that we live in an egalitarian society.’
    • ‘The situation becomes worse when the representatives of a particular social interest - perhaps because of the very unrealistic and unrealizable nature of its demands - are shut out of the political process.’
    • ‘Renée's dreams of returning to Australia were financially unrealisable; indeed, the nuns at Mortefontaine dismissed her when the boarding fees fell into arrears.’
    • ‘Genuine democracy, i.e., liberty and equality, is unrealisable unless this aim is achieved.’
    • ‘According to her, safe spaces are an unrealisable, archaic concept.’
    • ‘The fact that rigidity in the monetary unit's purchasing power is unthinkable and unrealizable does not impair the methods of economic calculation.’
    • ‘Colonized or occupied countries become prey to the philosophical imaginings and unrealizable political wish-lists of the home countries.’
    • ‘From the standpoint of punk, this had always been a class war fought on behalf of an anarchist's notion of freedom and an eternally unrealizable moment of self-determination.’
    • ‘‘I don't think it's unrealizable,’ said Siksay.’
    • ‘It's not another unrealizable Utopia or a new universal doctrine.’
    • ‘Finding unrealizable the ambition to know everything, he had concluded that human beings could know nothing.’
    • ‘This development might sound like an unrealisable dream at this stage - but then so was The Lowry a few years ago.’
    • ‘It was thought so unrealisable that no less a figure than Charles Lindbergh described it as ‘the Everest of aviation’.’
    • ‘And it is well-known that the distance between fear and violence is short when people feel uneasy and their hopes seem unrealizable.’
    • ‘It is either an unrealisable wish-list that will prompt howls of derision, or a stark reminder of the size of the job facing us.’
    • ‘‘Our plans are not vast or unrealisable,’ he says.’
    • ‘Lifetime employment or anything like it is just an unrealizable goal at this point.’
    • ‘Included in the measure are provisions that were opposed by the UN weapons inspectors themselves as not only unnecessarily provocative, but unrealizable.’
    impossible, beyond the bounds of possibility, impracticable, unattainable, unachievable, not feasible, not worth considering, unworkable, unobtainable, inconceivable, unthinkable, unimaginable, unrealizable, unsuitable
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