Definition of unworkable in English:



  • 1Not able to function or be carried out successfully; impractical.

    ‘complex, unworkable theories’
    • ‘Tell me, do you feel that there's a risk that her next addition to the canon may make impossible or unworkable some of the things you've come to need in your extension?’
    • ‘Not only would it be impractical and unworkable, I doubt whether anyone could seriously believe it.’
    • ‘The New Zealand Aquaculture Council believes that the provision is unrealistic and unworkable.’
    • ‘She is not one to be put off simply by senior police officers saying policy is unworkable and impractical.’
    • ‘The former Chief Inspector of Schools in Scotland has claimed his plans are unrealistic and unworkable.’
    • ‘The film producer behind Chariots of Fire said the scheme was unworkable.’
    • ‘He said that it was more in farmers' interests than anyone else to have traceability but there was no point in trying to achieve that with a scheme that was unworkable.’
    • ‘Critics say such a scheme is unworkable but already one example is working - or at least soon will be.’
    • ‘A theory that represents working practices as unworkable is a bad theory.’
    • ‘Part 3 introduces a scheme that is unworkable and unprincipled.’
    • ‘The scheme is expensive, confused, unworkable and unrealistic.’
    • ‘He said their proposals were too widely drawn, impractical and unworkable.’
    • ‘As the costs rise and the race hate builds and the unworkable, self-defeating new scheme unravels, Labor will be mute.’
    • ‘Workers previously rejected the firm's plans to reduce staffing levels on a voluntary basis as impractical and unworkable.’
    • ‘The bill was not just excessive but also expensive, not just illiberal but impractical, not just unnecessary but unworkable.’
    • ‘It also doesn't help when companies come up with complex and unworkable investment schemes that people don't understand.’
    • ‘One of my greatest strengths has always been the ability to make the apparently impossibly unworkable work.’
    • ‘If this decision stands, your Honours, the whole scheme is unworkable.’
    • ‘It is in nobody's interest that an unworkable scheme is introduced.’
    • ‘This current system is unworkable, impractical and damaging to the physical and economic health of our once lovely Auld Grey Town.’
    unrealistic, unworkable, unfeasible, non-viable, impracticable
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    1. 1.1(of a material) not able to be worked.
      ‘the alloy becomes brittle and almost unworkable’
      • ‘This area had been damaged so many times the metal was unworkable and the raised section needed to be replaced.’