uncontrollable

adjective
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

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 Paired with the possibility that uncontrollable shocks could continue to push prices up — for instance, the war in Ukraine is expected to continue elevating commodity costs — the latest developments have put the Fed in a tight position. New York Times, 13 June 2022 But your brain is working overtime trying to make the world safe, and your need to control some essentially uncontrollable aspects of your life must be exhausting for you (and yes, frustrating for others). Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 But your brain is working overtime trying to make the world safe, and your need to control some essentially uncontrollable aspects of your life must be exhausting for you (and yes, frustrating for others). Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 10 June 2022 But your brain is working overtime trying to make the world safe, and your need to control some essentially uncontrollable aspects of your life must be exhausting for you (and yes, frustrating for others). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 When impressions and conversions are the only metric businesses use to measure success, marketing budgets are at the mercy of often uncontrollable external factors, like a down market or coming privacy regulation. Vijay Sundaram, Forbes, 1 June 2022 At a moment of most fervent passion, Garland’s right eyebrow twitches, and that tremor—magnified by Minnelli’s rapt scrutiny—resounds visually like a crashing wave of uncontrollable desire. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 June 2022 Aside from the concerns about this health crisis and deep social wounds, the pandemic, unfortunately, also spread uncontrollable fear and, in effect, limited a fundamental value inherent to humankind: freedom. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 The story unfolds around Ada and Souleiman, lovers who are kept apart by uncontrollable forces. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of uncontrollable

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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27 Jun 2022

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“Uncontrollable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontrollable. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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uncontrollable

adjective
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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