un·​man·​age·​able | \ ˌən-ˈma-ni-jə-bəl How to pronounce unmanageable (audio) \

Definition of unmanageable

: not manageable : difficult or impossible to control or manage unmanageable hair an almost unmanageable amount of data The prisoner became unmanageable. an unmanageable temper an unmanageable number of students for one teacher an unmanageable amount of debt

Other Words from unmanageable

unmanageability \ ˌən-​ˌma-​ni-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unmanageable (audio) \ noun
unmanageably \ ˌən-​ˈma-​ni-​jə-​blē How to pronounce unmanageable (audio) \ adverb
an unmanageably large amount of data

Examples of unmanageable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If traffic along the park’s 400 miles (644 kilometers) of roads becomes unmanageable, Sholly said officials will impose a reservation system for entrance. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 If traffic along the park's 400 miles of roads becomes unmanageable, Sholly said officials will impose a reservation system to enter the park. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 DeWine argued the ruling made firearm training unmanageable for school districts that wanted to permit it. Anna Staver, USA TODAY, 13 June 2022 Parents describe how their children, unmanageable at home, grew more communicative, resilient and happier and became less aggressive. New York Times, 1 June 2022 Loeb feels that Shell's collection of businesses ranging from deepwater oil to wind farms, gas stations and chemical plants is confusing and unmanageable. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 1 June 2022 There is Andrew’s increasingly unmanageable lie of a boyfriend, who overnight becomes an internet sensation (having a rocking bod and a global influencer/activist/philanthropist online footprint helps with that). Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 17 June 2022 In workplaces, unfair treatment, unmanageable workloads, unclear communication, lack of manager support, and unreasonable time pressures can contribute to burnout. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 By adolescence, or sometimes earlier, a small percentage of children with autism become unmanageable for their parents, and no amount of parental patience or devotion will change that. New York Times, 1 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unmanageable

1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmanageable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmanageable. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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un·​man·​age·​able | \ ˌən-ˈma-ni-jə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unmanageable

: hard or impossible to handle or control an unmanageable child

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