un·​man·​age·​able ˌən-ˈma-ni-jə-bəl How to pronounce unmanageable (audio)
: 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
unmanageability noun
unmanageably adverb
an unmanageably large amount of data

Examples of unmanageable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic made a difficult profession harder: reports of mental-health crises, unmanageable classrooms, and staggering learning loss are everywhere. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2023 Past that level, the dangers from intense flooding, wildfires, drought, heat waves, and species extinction could become unmanageable, scientists have said. Brad Plumer, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2023 Swinging between wet and dry extremes is typical for California, but last winter’s rain, potentially intensified by climate change, was almost unmanageable. WIRED, 12 Oct. 2023 This part of October gets absolutely unmanageable with hit after hit after hit launching in the same week. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 29 Sep. 2023 This creates a level of stress and work that is nearly unmanageable. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 This is how the debt grows over time and can make the monthly payment unmanageable. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 The crowd in Selma swelled to such an unmanageable size that day that state officials were forced at the last minute to cap the number of participants. Malina Saval, Variety, 19 Apr. 2023 But one way or another, the four pillars of all modern and stable societies (government, business, civil society, and media) will have to reconfigure their role in the social contract to avoid widespread social turmoil reaching unmanageable levels. Chandran Nair, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmanageable was in 1616

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“Unmanageable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmanageable. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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