controlling

adjective
con·trol·ling | \kən-ˈtrō-liŋ \

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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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 Although the controlling majority opinion was unsigned sources have told Fox News it was largely written behind the scenes by Kennedy and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Justice Kennedy's key Supreme Court opinions," 27 June 2018 The five of us are all pretty controlling people, but to let the music go and let Tom do his thing and see the results were pretty miraculous. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "The Go-Go's on Heading to Broadway With 'Head Over Heels,' Their Legacy & Inviting Mike Pence to the Play," 27 Apr. 2018 Those efforts have gained momentum since October’s Communist Party Congress, where leaders pledged to make controlling financial risk a top priority. Bloomberg.com, "How China Is Getting Serious About Financial Risk," 23 Feb. 2018 The company is purchasing a controlling stake in Hinge, a seven-year-old company that has positioned itself as a counterbalance to the casual dating scene on Tinder, Match’s flagship product. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Tinder's Parent Company Is Buying an Anti-Tinder Dating App," 21 June 2018 Neeleman is a long-time supporter of aircraft manufactured by Airbus SE, which has taken a controlling stake in the C Series in partnership with Bombardier. Justin Bachman, Bloomberg.com, "JetBlue Founder Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline, Report Says," 18 June 2018 Neeleman is a long-time supporter of aircraft manufactured by Airbus, which has taken a controlling stake in the C Series in partnership with Bombardier. Justin Bachman, chicagotribune.com, "JetBlue founder looks to start new low-cost U.S. airline, reports say," 18 June 2018 While Forbes had estimated her net worth as $1 billion in 2000 (making her the 383rd richest American), her controlling stake of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia fell by $330 million by July 2004, according to ABC News. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Would a Trump Pardon for Martha Stewart Change Anything About Her Bottom Line?," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of controlling

1974, in the meaning defined above

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controlling

adjective

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

controlling

adjective

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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