uncontrollable

adjective
un·​con·​trol·​la·​ble | \ˌən-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl \

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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Other Words from uncontrollable

uncontrollability \ ˌən-​kən-​ˌtrō-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
uncontrollably \ ˌən-​kən-​ˈtrō-​lə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of uncontrollable in a Sentence

the uncontrollable child kept throwing tantrums in public and creating scenes

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Their dad is dead, as is a police officer, and Daniel seems to have wild and uncontrollable psychic powers. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 All of this to say, while the weather is uncontrollable, skin health is not. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How Seasonal Changes and the Weather Can Affect Your Skin," 5 Sep. 2018 Plastic guns are untraceable, undetectable, and uncontrollable. Deanna Paul, The Seattle Times, "Judge blocks posting of blueprints for 3-D printed guns hours before they were to be published," 31 July 2018 In Asia, a center of video game activity and addiction, rehabilitation centers designed to stamp out uncontrollable playing have existed for years. Anchorage Daily News, "Video game addiction tries to move from basement to doctor's office," 18 June 2018 In Asia, a center of video game activity and addiction, rehabilitation centers designed to stamp out uncontrollable playing have existed for years. Anchorage Daily News, "Video game addiction tries to move from basement to doctor's office," 18 June 2018 In Asia, a center of video game activity and addiction, rehabilitation centers designed to stamp out uncontrollable playing have existed for years. Anchorage Daily News, "Video game addiction tries to move from basement to doctor's office," 18 June 2018 The 70,000 pounds of thrust produced by the engine will knock the rocket well off course, and this in combination with breaking the sound barrier will likely make the rocket uncontrollable. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Blue Origin Is About to Test Its Astronaut-Saving Emergency System," 8 Sep. 2016 All these disorders involve uncontrollable and endlessly repeating loops of rumination that gradually shade out reality and fray our connections to other people and the natural world. Michael Pollan, WSJ, "The New Science of Psychedelics," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of uncontrollable

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of uncontrollable was in 1593

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uncontrollable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uncontrollable

: not able to be controlled

uncontrollable

adjective
un·​con·​trol·​la·​ble | \ˌən-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl \

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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