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

convenient, feasible, workable, docile, easy, governable, obedient, submissive, tractable, trained, amendable, tamable

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Historical Examples of manageable

  • He was used to dealing with pique in women, and had found it the most manageable of weaknesses.


    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


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


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

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