uncontrollable

adjective

un·​con·​trol·​la·​ble ˌən-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl How to pronounce uncontrollable (audio)
1
: incapable of being controlled : ungovernable
a rush of uncontrollable emotions
2
archaic : free from control by a superior power : absolute
uncontrollability noun
uncontrollably adverb

Examples of uncontrollable in a Sentence

the uncontrollable child kept throwing tantrums in public and creating scenes
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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontrollable. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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uncontrollable

adjective
un·​con·​trol·​la·​ble ˌən-kən-ˈtrō-lə-bəl How to pronounce uncontrollable (audio)
: incapable of being controlled : ungovernable
uncontrollably adverb

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