[man-i-juh-buh l]
See more synonyms for manageable on

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 unmanageable

Contemporary Examples of unmanageable

Historical Examples of unmanageable

  • 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!


    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for unmanageable


  1. difficult or impossible to control, use, or manipulate


  1. able to be managed or controlled
Derived Formsmanageability or rare manageableness, nounmanageably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unmanageable

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper