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untenable

Short Definition : (of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained

Definition
(adj) (of theories etc) incapable of being defended or justified
Synonyms : indefensible
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a child un(der) ten not able defense himself they need parents maintenance (under+ten+not able)

un-TEN(et)-able ..if you donot follow the tenets (rules), then you cannot defend yourself..

UN[NOT] 'Under' TEN[Years] ABLE You Are An Adult[18] So You're INDEFENSIBLE...

Unable to put a <B>tent</B> around to protect.

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un + tenable. tenants are tenable if you can maintain them, so untenable means unmaintainable

Untenable and Pregnable are rhyming words with a similar meaning, which is, defenceless.

Unattainable things are so sought after they are untenable.

un(main)tenable... so somethin untenable is un-maintain-able

Untenable = unt + enable; It is not possible to enable it.

untenable - cannot eve n maintain ten soldiers to protect, indefensible or not able to be maintained.

untoward

Short Definition : unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter

Definition
(adj) not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
Example Sentence
  • was buried with indecent haste
  • indecorous behavior
  • language unbecoming to a lady
  • unseemly to use profanity
  • moved to curb their untoward ribaldry
Definition
(adj) contrary to your interests or welfare
Synonyms : adverse inauspicious
Example Sentence
  • adverse circumstances
  • made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for untoward

conditions which are not towards me are ==> untoward

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my bike was TOWed and that was unfortunate.

(unto)undo+(ward)word= if something in document is contrary to ur interest u will just undo those words.

Untoward - ill-timed, an unexpected happening.

unwarranted

Short Definition : unjustified; having no justification; groundless; baseless; undeserved

Definition
(adj) incapable of being justified or explained Definition
(adj) without a basis in reason or fact
Example Sentence
  • baseless gossip
  • the allegations proved groundless
  • idle fears
  • unfounded suspicions
  • unwarranted jealousy
Definition
(adj) lacking justification or authorization
Synonyms : undue unjustified
Example Sentence
  • desire for undue private profit
  • unwarranted limitations of personal freedom
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unwarranted

i got a mobile without a warranty and that was unjustified.

remeber arrest warrant:in movies police can arrest a villan only with justified reason or evidence otherwise the villan will rule out police words as baseless

when i broke the video game it was in warranty, so i take it to the shop asking for a refund, and they say its unwarranted. that was SOOOO unfair :(

if a police raids someones house without a warrant it is unjustified and hence unwarranted

Unwarranted and Invalid have somewhat similar sounds and they mean, illogical, unjustified.

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without warrant::unjustified

unwieldy

Short Definition : awkward (to carry or move); cumbersome; unmanageable

Definition
(adj) difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape
Synonyms : unmanageable
Example Sentence
  • we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter
  • almost dropped the unwieldy parcel
Definition
(adj) difficult to work or manipulate
Example Sentence
  • unwieldy rules and regulations
Definition
(adj) lacking grace in movement or posture
Example Sentence
  • a gawky lad with long ungainly legs
  • clumsy fingers
  • what an ungainly creature a giraffe is
  • heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unwieldy

un+wieldy...WIELD(y) rhymes with WELD...that which can be WELDED is easily changeable or MANAGEABLE. so WIELDY is EASILY MANAGEABLE. and unwieldy is the opposite

un-yeildy = not yeilding = unmanagable

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u might want to UNload those unmanageable groceries w/ a WIEL-(wheel)-barrel

un+wieldy(yeild,field) ->Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity.

Unwieldy and Lumpy, mean something heavy, cumbersome.

Unwieldy---un+wield(near to wild)+y--anything wild or awkward looking thing is unwieldy.

if iron (suppose a gun) is not welded properly it will look awkward

Anything with a Wheel can be easily moved and managed. Unwieldy ~~ Unwheely - difficult to manage

unwitting

Short Definition : not knowing; unaware; unintentional; Ex. She was their unwitting accomplice; Ex. unwitting insult; CF. wit: know

Definition
(adj) not done with purpose or intent
Example Sentence
  • an unintended slight
  • an unintentional pun
  • the offense was unintentional
  • an unwitting mistake may be overlooked
Definition
(adj) not aware or knowing
Example Sentence
  • an unwitting subject in an experiment
Definition
(adj) unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge
Example Sentence
  • he was completely ignorant of the circumstances
  • an unknowledgeable assistant
  • his rudeness was unwitting
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unwitting

wit is knowledge. Witting means knowing something.UN(not)WITTING(knowing something)

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UNWITTING <> UNWILLING

Unwitting and Discerning are similar in sound but opposite in meaning. While unwitting means ignorant, discerning means to perceive with the mind or senses (only someone clever has the power to think).

made witty remark un intentional and not knowing he is ur friend

unwonted

Short Definition : unaccustomed; unusual; Ex. He arrived with unwonted punctuality.

Definition
(adj) out of the ordinary
Example Sentence
  • an unwonted softness in her face
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for unwonted

WONTED=WANTED... name of salman khans film.....but if its sequel is named UNWONTED ,now that shall be UNCUSTOMARY=UNUSUAL...; )

Something that you Wont do - unusual

unwonted - u are not accustomed to something that is unwanted... r u?

Something that you WONT do... usually

Unwonted along with Unexpected refers to something unusual.

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wonted sounds like "wanted" which is necessity of everyone and usual in their life. so unwonted means unusual.

UNWANTED..people of some villages didn't WANT short clothes because it was not customary

imagine a person who gets everything he wants in life. now if something unwanted happens. it will be an unusual predicament for him

un wont(custom or habit)-> uncustomed

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