non·​con·​trol·​la·​ble ˌnän-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl How to pronounce noncontrollable (audio)
: unable to be controlled
noncontrollable factors
A manager can influence a controllable cost but cannot influence a noncontrollable cost.James Jiambalvo

Examples of noncontrollable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Postal Service posted an adjusted loss of $195 million for the Dec. 31 quarter, versus a profit of $727 million a year earlier, when excluding certain noncontrollable items. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 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, 11 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncontrollable was in 1858

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“Noncontrollable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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