Definition of unmanageable in English:



  • Difficult or impossible to manage, manipulate, or control.

    ‘his behaviour was becoming unmanageable at home’
    • ‘Two loads from the bucket will fill the tank, however two full loads make the bucket unmanageable to lift and control the pour efficiently causing splashing.’
    • ‘I would say my life had become unmanageable, and I was having problems with both the medications and the alcohol.’
    • ‘But by then, of course, the problem would have become unmanageable.’
    • ‘‘The cases which are coming into court in almost unmanageable numbers are the tip of the iceberg,’ he said.’
    • ‘Little showed admirable poise trying to manage the unmanageable Red Sox bullpen.’
    • ‘Evidently, if the proposal is followed strictly, the resultant tariff structure will be inconsistent and unmanageable.’
    • ‘Knowing some of the local politics I am aware that trying to support six chief executives, all with different working styles, may be an unmanageable job.’
    • ‘Caregivers identified lack of mobility and loss of bladder control most frequently as unmanageable symptoms.’
    • ‘What you need are huge and unmanageable Visa and store charge card debts, with a few court proceedings and the odd repossession threat hanging over your head.’
    • ‘Step 1: Admit that your are powerless over your egos and past glories, that your lives have become unmanageable.’
    • ‘History teaches us that unless these pernicious tendencies are scotched, they grow to become unmanageable monsters later on.’
    • ‘When one of these moods overtook her, she became unmanageable.’
    • ‘In recent years Nimbin has gone from having four full-time doctors to just Dr Oxlee, who says his workload has become unmanageable.’
    • ‘Administering all ten techniques to control spam effectively can quickly become unmanageable.’
    • ‘It has to be beautiful and slightly wild without becoming unmanageable and disorganised.’
    • ‘Owners of unruly hedges or unmanageable gardens need fear no more thanks to a pair of four-legged lawn mowers now available for hire.’
    • ‘But Zimbabwe's economic slide in recent years shows that he is finding both relationships increasingly unmanageable.’
    • ‘Councillors were concerned that around 60 lorries per day and hundreds of cars will place an unmanageable strain on the town's roads.’
    • ‘A further delay in the price hike would increase the budget deficit to an unmanageable level and strengthen inflationary pressures.’
    • ‘Consumer groups and MPs have warned that people could be storing up problems for the future, with rising interest rates making debts unmanageable.’
    troublesome, demanding, awkward, inconvenient
    uncontrollable, ungovernable, irrepressible, unruly, disorderly, rowdy, out of hand, wild, boisterous, difficult, disruptive, ill-disciplined, undisciplined, refractory, recalcitrant, intractable, impossible, obstreperous, fractious, wayward, incorrigible
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