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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Rather, the grind of surviving as a family on $10 a day had become unmanageable. New York Times, "A Photo Captures the Pathos of Migrants Who Risked It All," 25 June 2019 Thoroughly vetting these applications prior to publishing them doesn't seem like an unmanageable load for Samsung to bear... and if a malicious app does sneak past, can Samsung not simply revoke the app from the back end? Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Samsung asks users to please virus-scan their TVs," 18 June 2019 Fitting neatly with her unmanageable Brexit inheritance, from the moment Trump won the election, May faced an unenviable choice. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 Relman said that some of the major challenges will be determining which of the almost unmanageable number of variables involved are important, and figuring out how to define some of the microbiome’s most important functions. Quanta Magazine, "Our Bodies, Our Data," 7 Oct. 2013 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

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First Known Use of unmanageable

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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