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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Other Words from uncontrollable

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

Examples of uncontrollable in a Sentence

the uncontrollable child kept throwing tantrums in public and creating scenes
Recent Examples on the Web Jung said compartment syndrome can happen almost immediately and results in uncontrollable pain. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Bone breaking skin and possible infection are big issues in Tiger Woods’ comeback," 24 Feb. 2021 Chicago has suffered uncontrollable violence with almost 800 homicides last year, more than 4,000 shootings, and a record number of carjackings. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Question for Gov. Pritzker: Do crime victims get a pen too?," 24 Feb. 2021 Nonetheless that’s just a Band-Aid on an uncontrollable gash. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers cap hellish road trip with 129-98 loss to Golden State Warriors," 16 Feb. 2021 Within five months, 45 small fires had ignited in Lake County, some during red flag warnings that alert the public to the threat of uncontrollable spread. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: All of Bay Area now under new stay-at-home order," 17 Dec. 2020 Wildfires grew larger, the fire season lengthened and firefighting costs become uncontrollable. oregonlive, "While wildfires burn in Oregon, Washington and California, Forest Service has growing backlog of fire prevention projects," 31 Oct. 2020 The clause — new to MLS but common in other sports leagues — allows either party to back out of the CBA if uncontrollable circumstances make the agreement untenable. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "MLS, players union remain at odds over CBA discussions after league invoked unforeseeable circumstances clause," 15 Jan. 2021 So this movie is in every aspect about the uncontrollable, because obviously, losing my daughter was the ultimate loss of control. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "The Unspeakable Personal Tragedy That Inspired Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round," 12 Jan. 2021 Presidents are often at the mercy of uncontrollable events and the business cycle and an assessment of long-term results of a president’s policies based on shorter-term marginal benefits or detriments is dicey, at best. WSJ, "Trump’s Economy Will Launch Joe Biden’s," 11 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Uncontrollable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontrollable. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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