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

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

Examples of unmanageable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manufacturers of commercial yeast -- the tiny living organisms behind good bread, beer and wine -- say demand is soaring to near-unmanageable levels. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Why everyone's suddenly baking bread," 12 Apr. 2020 But each time, they were told to manage the symptoms at home and to come in only if the symptoms became unmanageable. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "The first 1,000 U.S.," 12 Apr. 2020 Health officials say weeks and probably months of major restrictions on movements and large gatherings are the only ways to prevent coronavirus cases from surging to unmanageable levels. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Stay-at-home, here to stay a while," 9 Apr. 2020 With so many credit cards charging usurious interest rates and fees—annual rates in excess of 25 percent—without such a stay, families will emerge from the crisis with unmanageable debt burdens; and this, too, will slow the recovery. Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Review of Books, "A Lasting Remedy for the Covid-19 Pandemic’s Economic Crisis," 8 Apr. 2020 That's why public health leaders and other government officials are working to buy time and prevent an unmanageable surge of COVID-19 patients. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Number of hospital beds, doctors in Arizona are low compared with rest of U.S.," 15 Mar. 2020 If the illness spreads to an unmanageable level, DVUSD would follow all state and local direction. Arizona Republic, "How are Arizona schools addressing the threat of coronavirus?," 4 Mar. 2020 If an unmanageable number of jobs was sent to the processor, certain protected programs would spit their data into a memory bank. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 More than most professions, HR evolves at an almost unmanageable pace. USA TODAY, "Human Resources professionals can keep up with industry through ongoing training," 5 June 2019

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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 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmanageable

: difficult to deal with or control


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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