Definition of unmanageable in US English:



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

    ‘his behavior was becoming unmanageable at home’
    • ‘Councillors were concerned that around 60 lorries per day and hundreds of cars will place an unmanageable strain on the town's roads.’
    • ‘But by then, of course, the problem would have become unmanageable.’
    • ‘Consumer groups and MPs have warned that people could be storing up problems for the future, with rising interest rates making debts unmanageable.’
    • ‘Caregivers identified lack of mobility and loss of bladder control most frequently as unmanageable symptoms.’
    • ‘Little showed admirable poise trying to manage the unmanageable Red Sox bullpen.’
    • ‘But Zimbabwe's economic slide in recent years shows that he is finding both relationships increasingly unmanageable.’
    • ‘‘The cases which are coming into court in almost unmanageable numbers are the tip of the iceberg,’ he said.’
    • ‘Administering all ten techniques to control spam effectively can quickly become unmanageable.’
    • ‘Owners of unruly hedges or unmanageable gardens need fear no more thanks to a pair of four-legged lawn mowers now available for hire.’
    • ‘In recent years Nimbin has gone from having four full-time doctors to just Dr Oxlee, who says his workload has become unmanageable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Step 1: Admit that your are powerless over your egos and past glories, that your lives have become unmanageable.’
    • ‘I would say my life had become unmanageable, and I was having problems with both the medications and the alcohol.’
    • ‘Evidently, if the proposal is followed strictly, the resultant tariff structure will be inconsistent and unmanageable.’
    • ‘When one of these moods overtook her, she became unmanageable.’
    • ‘History teaches us that unless these pernicious tendencies are scotched, they grow to become unmanageable monsters later on.’
    • ‘A further delay in the price hike would increase the budget deficit to an unmanageable level and strengthen inflationary pressures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has to be beautiful and slightly wild without becoming unmanageable and disorganised.’
    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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