unmanageable


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un·man·age·a·ble

 (ŭn-măn′ĭ-jə-bəl)
adj.
1. Difficult or impossible to manage or control: unmanageable traffic congestion.
2. Difficult to carry or maneuver; unwieldy: unmanageable bundles.

un·man′age·a·bil′i·ty n.
un·man′age·a·bly adv.

unmanageable

(ʌnˈmænɪdʒəbəl)
adj
difficult or impossible to control, use, or manipulate
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unmanageable - difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape; "we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter"; "almost dropped the unwieldy parcel"
2.unmanageable - hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
defiant, noncompliant - boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; "brought up to be aggressive and defiant"; "a defiant attitude"
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
intractable - not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal"
manageable - capable of being managed or controlled
3.unmanageable - difficult to solve or alleviateunmanageable - difficult to solve or alleviate; "uncontrollable pain"
intractable - not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal"
4.unmanageable - incapable of being controlled or managed; "uncontrollable children"; "an uncorrectable habit"
incorrigible - impervious to correction by punishment

unmanageable

adjective
1. cumbersome, inconvenient, unwieldy, demanding, awkward, bulky, clunky (informal), difficult to handle, unhandy The city school system is unmanageable.
cumbersome manageable, wieldy
2. uncontrollable, difficult, wild, out of hand, disruptive, unruly, troublesome, intractable, boisterous, fractious, undisciplined, stroppy (Brit. slang), incorrigible, refractory, obstreperous The signs are that indulged children tend to become unmanageable.
uncontrollable manageable, compliant, docile, easy, amenable, submissive, tractable

unmanageable

adjective
Translations

unmanageable

[ʌnˈmænɪdʒəbl] ADJ
1. (= overwhelming) [problem, system, situation, size, number] → imposible de controlar; [hair] → difícil de peinar, rebelde
2. (= unruly) [person] → rebelde; [animal] → difícil de controlar, rebelde

unmanageable

[ʌnˈmænɪdʒəbəl] adj
(= unwieldy) [tool] → peu maniable; [vehicle] → difficile à manœuvrer
(= difficult to deal with) [situation] → ingérable; [problem, numbers, system] → ingérable; [hair] → difficile à coiffer
(= unruly) [child, teenager] → difficile

unmanageable

adj (= unwieldy) vehicle, boatschwer zu handhaben or manövrieren; parcel, sizeunhandlich; numbernicht zu bewältigen; problemunlösbar; (= uncontrollable) animal, person, hair, childwiderspenstig, nicht zu bändigen; situationunkontrollierbar; she finds the stairs unmanageablesie kann die Treppe nicht schaffen (inf)or bewältigen; this company is unmanageablees ist unmöglich, dieses Unternehmen zu leiten; the crowd had reached unmanageable proportionsdie Menge hatte unkontrollierbare Ausmaße angenommen

unmanageable

[ʌnˈmænɪdʒəbl] adj (unwieldy, tool, vehicle) → poco maneggevole; (parcel, size) → ingombrante; (uncontrollable, teenage child) → difficile; (hair) → ribelle; (situation) → difficile da gestire
References in classic literature ?
You are very fond of bending little minds; but where little minds belong to rich people in authority, I think they have a knack of swelling out, till they are quite as unmanageable as great ones.
He was then within pistol shot, but so furious was the current, and tumultuous the breakers, that the boat became unmanageable, and was hurried away, the crew crying out piteously for assistance.
Next day, before you get started, he's well-nigh unmanageable. Knows automobiles so he can lay down alongside of one and sleep or eat hay out of it.
Bounderby, the two gentlemen at this present moment walking through Coketown, and both eminently practical, who could, on occasion, furnish more tabular statements derived from their own personal experience, and illustrated by cases they had known and seen, from which it clearly appeared - in short, it was the only clear thing in the case - that these same people were a bad lot altogether, gentlemen; that do what you would for them they were never thankful for it, gentlemen; that they were restless, gentlemen; that they never knew what they wanted; that they lived upon the best, and bought fresh butter; and insisted on Mocha coffee, and rejected all but prime parts of meat, and yet were eternally dissatisfied and unmanageable. In short, it was the moral of the old nursery fable:
Thanks to these vigorous measures, the play was at last supplied with representatives -- always excepting the two unmanageable characters of "Lucy" the waiting-maid, and "Falkland," Julia's jealous lover.
I tried it with the load upon my leg (and that made me think afresh of the man with the load on his leg), and found the tendency of exercise to bring the bread-and-butter out at my ankle, quite unmanageable. Happily, I slipped away, and deposited that part of my conscience in my garret bedroom.
"Yes, as long as I could bear their noise; but they are so unmanageable that they do me more harm than good.
Tulkinghorn observes, following her out upon the staircase, "as the most implacable and unmanageable of women.
But he was something more unmanageable than a dragon: he was a benefactor with collective society at his back, and he was at that moment entering the room in all the unimpeachable correctness of his demeanor, while Dorothea was looking animated with a newly roused alarm and regret, and Will was looking animated with his admiring speculation about her feelings.
And so she drove her motor forward again and then with her firm, white teeth set in grim determination she drove the steering lever far down to port with the intention of forcing the nose of her craft straight into the teeth of the wind, and the wind seized the frail thing and toppled it over upon its back, and twisted and turned it and hurled it over and over; the propellor raced for an instant in an air pocket and then the tempest seized it again and twisted it from its shaft, leaving the girl helpless upon an unmanageable atom that rose and fell, and rolled and tumbled--the sport of the elements she had defied.
One blast means that a ship steers to starboard, two to port, three astern, four that it is unmanageable. But this man asks such dreadful questions at the end of each chapter.
It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle.