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enviable

[en-vee-uh-buh l] /ˈɛn vi ə bəl/
adjective
1.
worthy of envy; very desirable:
an enviable position.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; envy + -able
Related forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
nonenviable, adjective
nonenviableness, noun
nonenviably, adverb
unenviable, adjective
unenviably, adverb
Can be confused
enviable, envious, jealous.
Synonyms
advantageous, fortunate, lucky.
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  • Students, indeed, remember that he was also a prolific pamphleteer of unenviable character and many vicissitudes.
  • Furthermore, it seems to me that parenthood is a thankless and unenviable occupation.
  • But he's in a really unenviable position of trying to build a consensus among the owners.
  • Indebted governments face an unenviable menu of options.
  • The replacement, whoever he may be, will face an unenviable task.
  • Even if the statute were upheld, the government would have the unenviable job of enforcing it.
  • All this leaves policymakers with an unenviable task: deciding when and how to withdraw the drugs.
  • It is only a sample of the unenviable dilemmas other state legislatures face this year.
  • His or her lot would seem to be both unenviable and unworkable.
  • As banking regulators, you are in the unenviable position of having to implement this provision.
British Dictionary definitions for unenviable

unenviable

/ʌnˈɛnvɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
not to be envied: the unenviable task

enviable

/ˈɛnvɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
exciting envy; fortunate or privileged
Derived Forms
enviableness, noun
enviably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unenviable
adj.

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + enviable. Related: Unenviably.

enviable

adj.

c.1600, from envy + -able. Related: Enviably.

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