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[man-i-juh-buh l] /ˈmæn ɪ dʒə bəl/
that can be managed; governable; tractable; contrivable.
Origin of manageable
First recorded in 1590-1600; manage + -able
Related forms
manageability, manageableness, noun
manageably, adverb
unmanageable, adjective
unmanageability, unmanageableness, noun
unmanageably, adverb Unabridged
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  • He was used to dealing with pique in women, and had found it the most manageable of weaknesses.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • This machine proved a success, it being safe and manageable.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • Men for the most part are manageable; women are the converts needed.

  • For commercial and practical purposes 15,000 tons is accepted as the most manageable.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • Even the Aquitania would not be quite seaworthy, for she would not be manageable.

British Dictionary definitions for manageable


able to be managed or controlled
Derived Forms
manageability, (rare) manageableness, noun
manageably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for manageable

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

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