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Examples of unwieldy in a Sentence
The system is outdated and unwieldy.
an unwieldy machine that requires two people to operate it
Recent Examples of unwieldy from the Web
The task force recommended the felony class system in a 7-4 vote Tuesday (Jan. 30), as a way to streamline Louisiana's unwieldy sentencing laws.
Long time residents complain the city’s infrastructure has grown unwieldy.
To weed out malingerers, Kentucky is proposing to build an unwieldy administrative apparatus.
Opting for a shorter boot with a higher heel, Gerber took some of the guess work out of an unwieldy style and drew attention to the intricate lace and sequin details of her dress.
The organizations became known by the unwieldy name of community choice aggregators, or CCAs.
A year into governing, the administration may prove increasingly capable of imposing its predilections on the often-unwieldy bureaucracy.
Also Investors have called for months for sweeping changes to Teva’s sprawling operations and what critics have called an unwieldy supply chain, to better cope with the turbulent U.S. generics market.
Any alternative schedule, Boyett said, would have been unwieldy.
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The Difference Between Wieldy and unwieldy
The verb to wield means "to handle or exert something effectively." A carpenter might wield a hammer with impressive dexterity, for example, or a talented orator might wield influence over an audience of listeners. Something that is "wieldy" is capable of being wielded easily, and while that adjective may not be particularly common, its antonym "unwieldy" finds ample use to describe anything that is awkward to handle, move, or manage. "Wield" and its relatives all derive via Middle English from Old English wieldan, meaning "to control."
First Known Use of unwieldy
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