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unmanageable

Line breaks: un|man¦age|able
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈmanɪdʒəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of unmanageable in English:

adjective

Difficult or impossible to manage, manipulate, or control: his behaviour was becoming unmanageable at home
More example sentences
  • Two loads from the bucket will fill the tank, however two full loads make the bucket unmanageable to lift and control the pour efficiently causing splashing.
  • Caregivers identified lack of mobility and loss of bladder control most frequently as unmanageable symptoms.
  • Little showed admirable poise trying to manage the unmanageable Red Sox bullpen.
Synonyms
troublesome, demanding, awkward, inconvenient;
cumbersome, bulky, unmanoeuvrable, unwieldy, incommodious
informal stroppy
archaic contumacious

Derivatives

unmanageableness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Under such management, the rod may come to be the only alternative to absolute unmanageableness and anarchy.
  • In such cases there is a history of unmanageableness at home, and, if the child is old enough, at school, of running away, destructiveness, lying, and very often pilfering in the home.
  • The unmanageableness came from the size of the family.

unmanageably

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • This advantage has naturally allowed China to liberalize faster and spend more on urban renewal, improvements in infrastructure, and tourism development without worrying about its trade deficits growing unmanageably large.
  • Robb's admirable determination to make ‘Europe’ mean more than ‘Britain and a variety of continental holiday destinations’ in fact makes his remit unmanageably wide.
  • Here, single hillsides are known by a dozen names, each broken down into unmanageably small plots based on only minuscule differences in soil composition or their angle to the midday sun.

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