Definition of unmanageable in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈmanɪdʒəb(ə)l/


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.
troublesome, demanding, awkward, inconvenient;
cumbersome, bulky, unmanoeuvrable, unwieldy, incommodious
informal stroppy
archaic contumacious



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.


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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: un|man¦age|able

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.