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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Both syndromes feature uncontrollable and severe seizures resulting in some form of learning disability, such as hindered languages and motor skills. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "FDA approves first marijuana-based epilepsy drug: CBD oil," 26 June 2018 High-energy lasers, for example, could destroy a missile by burning through critical structures, control surfaces, and/or control systems, causing the missile to structurally fail or become uncontrollable. Henry Obering Iii, Fortune, "I Used to Direct the Missile Defense Agency. America Needs New Weapons," 5 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. New York Times, "Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office," 17 June 2018 Typically, donors should also not be suffering from high blood pressure, uncontrollable diabetes, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018 As always, consult your doctor: Allison Pearson can induce gales of uncontrollable laughter. Patty Rhule, USA TODAY, "'How Hard Can It Be?' Just ask Kate, who's turning 50 in hilarious, timely new novel," 4 June 2018 The medication, called Nuedexta, is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare condition marked by uncontrollable laughing and crying, called pseudobulbar affect (PBA). Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Government issues warning about pill pushed on the elderly," 4 June 2018 In an instant, Zayn was thrust into a star-making boot camp, fast-tracked to an uncontrollable type of notoriety without being given the opportunity to consider alternatives. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of uncontrollable

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 \

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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