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

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First as kids and then as kind of mentors to the next generation of unmanageable young geniuses. Recode Staff, Recode, "How ‘hackers, founders, and freaks’ built Silicon Valley," 3 Aug. 2018 That said, 20 to 30 games a week isn't exactly an unmanageable flood of gaming content. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Many more indie games will be coming to Switch if Nintendo has its way," 10 July 2018 The Italians have bridled for years that they have been left alone by their European Union partners on the front line on the Mediterranean with an unmanageable burden of migration that Mr. Salvini pledged to reverse in his recent election campaign. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Scorned Migrant Boat Exposes Raw Feelings Among European Allies," 13 June 2018 For early-career teachers, that price is especially unmanageable. Emmarie Huetteman, USA TODAY, "Unwieldy health costs often stand between teachers and higher pay," 13 June 2018 For early-career teachers, that price is especially unmanageable. Emmarie Huetteman, USA TODAY, "Unwieldy health costs often stand between teachers and higher pay," 13 June 2018 In fact, the storm is not causing an unmanageable amount of dust to fall on the rover itself—most of the dust is high in the atmosphere, blotting out the sky. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Optimistic That Opportunity Can Survive Martian Dust Storm," 13 June 2018 The president and his top lawyer are a double dose of unmanageable. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump and Giuliani are a double dose of unmanageable," 4 May 2018 Terrorizing idle people turned into a vast, unmanageable task. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014

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1616, in the meaning defined above

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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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