[man-i-juh-buh l]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for manageability

Contemporary Examples of manageability

  • The contrast, in effect, has never been one of moral value, but one of manageability.

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    Obama's Eeyore Act

    Tunku Varadarajan

    December 1, 2009

Historical Examples of manageability

  • 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



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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