un·​con·​trol·​la·​ble | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl How to pronounce uncontrollable (audio) \

Definition of uncontrollable

1 : incapable of being controlled : ungovernable a rush of uncontrollable emotions
2 archaic : free from control by a superior power : absolute

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uncontrollability \ ˌən-​kən-​ˌtrō-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce uncontrollability (audio) \ noun
uncontrollably \ ˌən-​kən-​ˈtrō-​lə-​blē How to pronounce uncontrollably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of uncontrollable in a Sentence

the uncontrollable child kept throwing tantrums in public and creating scenes
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First Known Use of uncontrollable

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Uncontrollable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontrollable. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncontrollable

: not able to be controlled


un·​con·​trol·​la·​ble | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl How to pronounce uncontrollable (audio) \

Kids Definition of uncontrollable

: hard or impossible to control an uncontrollable rage

Other Words from uncontrollable

uncontrollably \ -​blē \ adverb He was laughing uncontrollably.

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