non·​con·​trol·​la·​ble | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl How to pronounce noncontrollable (audio) \

Definition of noncontrollable

: unable to be controlled noncontrollable factors A manager can influence a controllable cost but cannot influence a noncontrollable cost.— James Jiambalvo

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Recent Examples on the Web Excluding noncontrollable items like estimates for future pension obligations, the agency reported a loss of $656 million, compared with a slight profit last year. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Packages Weigh on U.S. Postal Service as Losses Grow," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of noncontrollable

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Noncontrollable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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