con·​trol·​ling | \ kən-ˈtrō-liŋ How to pronounce controlling (audio) \

Definition of controlling

: inclined to control others' behavior : domineering

Examples of controlling in a Sentence

She is very strict and controlling. The larger bank remained the controlling party when it took over the smaller banks. He paid over 40 million dollars for a controlling interest in the company.
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In 2015, a new law was introduced in the U.K. which criminalized coercive or controlling behavior. Kerensa Cadenas,, "Kate Davies' In at the Deep End tells the truth about coming out later in life," 1 July 2019 A year after purchasing a controlling stake in the event, Live Nation bought a majority share of festival co-founder Ashley Capps Entertainment. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Live Nation Buying Out Superfly's Share of Bonnaroo," 24 June 2019 Naspers itself will become a holding company of a holding company—perhaps with a double discount—owning a controlling stake in Prosus as well as a tiny South African media business. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "One of the Best Investments in History Becomes a Headache," 24 June 2019 The problem is, her controlling aunt won’t let her. Shannon Carlin,, "You've Actually Heard Black Mirror's "New" Miley Cyrus Songs (& Lyrics) Before," 8 June 2019 More than a half-dozen sources, including two with direct knowledge of the deal, have confirmed to Billboard that UTA is exploring buying a controlling stake in Paradigm or merging the two companies. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "UTA in Talks With Paradigm for Potential Merger," 7 June 2019 Huawei is selling its controlling stake in a company that builds and upgrades such cables world-wide. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "Huawei Selling Stake in Undersea-Cable Firm as U.S. Pressure Mounts," 3 June 2019 More specifically, Boston Beer acquired a controlling stake in Dogfish, bought with Boston Beer stock. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "Dogfish Head and Sam Adams Have Officially Joined Forces," 10 May 2019 Sahara acquired its controlling stake in 2012 in a deal that valued the property at about $575 million. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "New York’s Iconic Plaza Hotel Sold to Qatar Fund for $600 Million," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of controlling

1974, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of controlling

: having a need to control other people's behavior
: having the power to control how something is managed or done
: giving someone the power to control how something is managed or done



Legal Definition of controlling

1a : exercising domination or influence the controlling principles of law
b : dispositive judgment debtor's stipulation to pay a specified amount is not controlling— J. H. Friedenthal et al.
2 : having controlling interest controlling shareholders

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