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manageable

[man-i-juh-buh l] /ˈmæn ɪ dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
that can be managed; governable; tractable; contrivable.
Origin of manageable
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; manage + -able
Related forms
manageability, manageableness, noun
manageably, adverb
unmanageable, adjective
unmanageability, unmanageableness, noun
unmanageably, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unmanageable
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  • And great and unmanageable was his astonishment, when the truth came to light.

  • Forms themselves are hard enough to manage, but words are unmanageable.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • She should come and show that she is not wayward or unmanageable.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • If it is, we'll make a perfect lady out of this unmanageable man-killer yet!

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • John replied that the voyage was impossible with such an unmanageable craft.

  • Romola seemed more than ever an unmanageable fact in his destiny.

    Romola George Eliot
  • What was it to us if Maleotti could not handle an unmanageable horse?

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
British Dictionary definitions for unmanageable

unmanageable

/ʌnˈmænɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
difficult or impossible to control, use, or manipulate

manageable

/ˈmænɪdʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be managed or controlled
Derived Forms
manageability, (rare) manageableness, noun
manageably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unmanageable
adj.

1630s, from un- (1) "not" + manageable. Related: Unmanageably.

manageable

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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