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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At first, Mehl wasn’t mad; cancer has given her an understanding of the bad, uncontrollable parts of life. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018 Kristen Dudley, a Pennsylvania state board psychologist, testified that Cosby had an uncontrollable urge to violate young women and would probably commit another offense if given the chance. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in state prison," 24 Sep. 2018 The water likely was in the low 70 degrees Fahrenheit range (or low 20s in Celsius), which can cause uncontrollable shivering within 30 minutes for someone without thermal protection. Chris Peterman, Ars Technica, "Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules," 22 July 2018 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

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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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