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

Examples of uncontrollable in a Sentence

the uncontrollable child kept throwing tantrums in public and creating scenes

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The calculating way many powerful harassers cover their tracks, and choose targets who are unlikely or unable to report them, calls into question the claim that their acts are motivated by uncontrollable animal passion. Anna North, Vox, "Les Moonves and the myth of uncontrollable male desire," 12 Sep. 2018 Panic attacks are harrowing episodes of uncontrollable fear. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "How to Know If Your Abdominal Pain Is Physical or Mental," 16 Feb. 2019 By age 11, novelist Junot Diaz was struggling with depression and uncontrollable rage. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "In essay revealing he was raped at age 8, novelist Junot Diaz shines light on male sexual assault," 11 Apr. 2018 The fight has officially been canceled, obviously due to uncontrollable circumstances from Team Ortiz. Fox News, "Victor Ortiz fight canceled following sexual assault arrest," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of uncontrollable

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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2 May 2019

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The first known use of uncontrollable was in 1593

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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