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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Other Words from unmanageable

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 Workers cited multiple stressors, including lack of separation between work and home, unmanageable workloads and worries over job security. Jeanne Meister, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The coming political meltdown over inflation, which will be framed as an unmanageable disaster Biden caused by listening to the left, will be less helpful. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 Mainly, the steps have either existential or communal implications: The first step requires one to acknowledge powerlessness over their substance of choice and admit that their use has made their life unmanageable. Jonathan Reiss, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2021 Musse Olol, chairman of the Somali American Council of Oregon, said that virtually unmanageable rumors have spread through the Somali community. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 That’s when interest rates will start rising and the federal debt will become unmanageable. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 But at a certain point, these trees become unmanageable. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2021 Mayorkas has disputed the notion that the situation at the border is unmanageable. Quinn Owen And Luke Barr, ABC News, 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, 14 Mar. 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 13 Jun. 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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