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[man-i-juh-buh l]
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  1. that can be managed; governable; tractable; contrivable.

Origin of manageable

First recorded in 1590–1600; manage + -able
Related formsman·age·a·bil·i·ty, man·age·a·ble·ness, nounman·age·a·bly, adverbun·man·age·a·ble, adjectiveun·man·age·a·bil·i·ty, un·man·age·a·ble·ness, nounun·man·age·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for manageability

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Historical Examples

  • It is owing to their vagaries and want of manageability that, as will be shown, "captives" are of uncertain use in war.

  • I have been arguing that the size and manageability of all political states is finally a matter of transport and communications.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation

    H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

  • Mr. Edison's electrical ships, on the other hand, were marvels of speed and of manageability.

    Edison's Conquest of Mars

    Garrett Putnam Serviss

British Dictionary definitions for manageability


  1. able to be managed or controlled
Derived Formsmanageability or rare manageableness, nounmanageably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for manageability


1813, from manageable + -ity.



1590s, from manage + -able. Related: Manageably.

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