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manageable

[man-i-juh-buh l]
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adjective
  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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Examples from the Web for unmanageable

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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for unmanageable

unmanageable

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

adjective
  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 unmanageable

adj.

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

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manageable

adj.

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

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