uncontainable

adjective
un·​con·​tain·​able | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtā-nə-bəl How to pronounce uncontainable (audio) \

Definition of uncontainable

: not able to be restrained, checked, or controlled : not possible to contain uncontainable joy/enthusiasm/energy

Examples of uncontainable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If and when the outbreak is deemed uncontainable, the government will inevitably impose restrictions and introduce emergency legislation to ensure that public services and the economy are able to cope. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus Brings Political Perspective," 11 Mar. 2020 The pledges are part of a concerted scramble by European Union countries to prevent uncontainable damage to the economy as businesses shutter at alarming rates. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "France’s Bistros Close, in a Frenzy of Donated Cheese and Pâté," 16 Mar. 2020 After the levee broke, The Pokémon Company submitted takedown request after takedown request, but Gigantamax Machamp was uncontainable. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Nintendo Cracks Down After High-Profile Leaks," 25 Feb. 2020 Stern’s was a life uncontainable by one eulogy; memories reportedly were shared by Stern’s successor Adam Silver, by NBA greats on the sidelines (Pat Riley) and the court (Magic Johnson), and by Stern’s son Eric. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "His faith in WNBA made David Stern a champion for women’s sports," 22 Jan. 2020 And Russell, making a remarkable big-screen debut, acts with a soulful gravity that is the perfect emotional counterweight to Harrison’s brooding and uncontainable fury. Los Angeles Times, "Toronto Film Festival: ‘Waves’ and ‘Just Mercy’ shine a light on black American families in crisis," 7 Sep. 2019 Moreover, Erickson’s output was so varied as to be uncontainable. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Remembering Roky Erickson," 7 June 2019 In the prime of his career, in the mid-90s through the mid-aughts, he was considered one of hockey’s greatest players, a combination of uncontainable speed and skill. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 Sadr quickly established himself as an uncontainable force in Iraq. Thanassis Cambanis, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Iraq’s Moqtada al-Sadr become a statesman? People just got used to him," 26 May 2018

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1618, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncontainable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontainable. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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