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 These tweets mention rising cases and deaths, a shortage of medicines, accompanied by photos of Modi’s election rallies even as the Covid wave became uncontrollable, scores of funeral pyres, and patients struggling outside hospitals. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, "India’s Covid crisis is out of control—but the Modi government won’t let you tweet about it," 29 Apr. 2021 It’s about the uncontrollable, and that’s what happens to him. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg on the bittersweet ‘Another Round’ and alcohol boot camp," 20 Apr. 2021 You’ve been quoted as saying that that is really what the film is about — not so much drinking to excess as embracing the uncontrollable. David Fear, Rolling Stone, "The Year of Magical Drinking: Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Vinterberg on ‘Another Round’," 15 Apr. 2021 With this omnichannel experience in place, companies in any industry can be prepared to withstand uncontrollable external circumstances. Guy Yehiav, Forbes, "Three Lessons From Retail’s Experience With The Pandemic," 12 Apr. 2021 Symptoms often include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and depression as well as uncontrollable and intrusive thoughts surrounding the events that caused the PTSD. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, "Covid-19 Increases Stress And Traumatic Stress Disorders Including Drug Abuse And Fatal Overdoses," 12 Apr. 2021 Managing the uncontrollable forces of randomness has baffled people for decades, but newer players can mollify the R.N.G. gods. Jacob Sweet, The New Yorker, "The Revolution in Classic Tetris," 26 Mar. 2021 Chronic exposure to violence can disrupt a child’s brain development and inflict profound mental harm — depression, anxiety, sleeplessness — and uncontrollable anger. Washington Post, "7 years old and shattered by gun violence," 26 Mar. 2021 During times of unknown, uncontrollable circumstances, like, say, a pandemic, people react by bulk-buying toilet paper, beef jerky, and active dry yeast. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "If You Buy Food in Bulk, You Need Storage Containers to Match," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of uncontrollable

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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10 May 2021

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“Uncontrollable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncontrollable. Accessed 11 May. 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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