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 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 Musse Olol, chairman of the Somali American Council of Oregon, said that virtually unmanageable rumors have spread through the Somali community. oregonlive, "Many Oregon people of color eager to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while others wait for answers," 11 Apr. 2021 That’s when interest rates will start rising and the federal debt will become unmanageable. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "How To Fund Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Using Immigration," 8 Apr. 2021 But at a certain point, these trees become unmanageable. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "A Massive Global Hunt for Variants Is Under Way," 9 Mar. 2021 Mayorkas has disputed the notion that the situation at the border is unmanageable. Quinn Owen And Luke Barr, ABC News, "Homeland Security chief Mayorkas makes 1st congressional appearance as secretary amid border crisis," 17 Mar. 2021 While death counts remained low in the early stages of the pandemic, the winter surge brought overcrowded ICUs, unmanageable numbers of hospital patients and the loss of thousands of lives. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Counting the Bay Area's lost lives during the coronavirus pandemic," 14 Mar. 2021 Without a class size cap, some classes have grown to unmanageable levels. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School Board candidate Q&As: Are you happy with current class sizes in the district? Would you suggest specific changes?," 14 Mar. 2021 Most importantly in terms of gauging Pentagon spending levels, neither Russia nor China pose unmanageable military challenges to the United States. William Hartung, Forbes, "The 3% Delusion On Pentagon Spending," 5 Mar. 2021 If community prevalence rises to unmanageable levels — a likely proposition, given the surge in most states — even elementary schools may be forced to close. New York Times, "What Does a More Contagious Virus Mean for Schools?," 14 Jan. 2021

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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 6 May. 2021.

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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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