un·​con·​trolled | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtrōld How to pronounce uncontrolled (audio) \

Definition of uncontrolled

: not controlled: such as
a : happening or done without being stopped, slowed, or controlled an uncontrolled tantrum his uncontrolled anger uncontrolled hypertension uncontrolled urban sprawl
b : not conducted or maintained in accordance with fixed rules, restraints, or procedures results from an uncontrolled study
c : not regulated by law with regard to possession and use uncontrolled substances

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The Toyota came to an uncontrolled stop about 140 feet north of the collision, the report said. Erin Schilling, ajc, "Newnan High School student killed in car crash," 3 July 2019 The sentencing hearing was punctuated by quiet tears and uncontrolled sobbing as Celani’s cousin and other family members recounted the terror of that shooting and its long-lasting effects. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gunman gets 126 years to life in prison for killing Navy man near Horton Plaza," 25 June 2019 Expressing frustration, Szapocznik said the 10 ZIP codes with the highest number of people with uncontrolled HIV viral loads all have HIV treatment centers in close proximity. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "End HIV/AIDS epidemic? It’s possible, and Floridians asked to get it done," 18 June 2019 Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Body found hanged from tree near Fairhope in possible suicide," 10 June 2019 In fact, uncontrolled post-traumatic bleeding is the leading cause of potentially preventable death among trauma patients, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Bio Glue Stops Post-Traumatic Bleeding in Its Tracks," 14 May 2019 The uncontrolled temperature in this historic barn allows the wild Wisconsin weather swings to work magic between the bourbon and the barrels. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Wisconsin distilleries that will leave you in good spirits," 9 June 2019 Although neurologists typically recommend that epileptic patients with uncontrolled seizures experiment with drugs to find which work best, Matney sticks with low-cost generics. Noam N. Levey, latimes.com, "Soaring insurance deductibles and high drug prices hit sick Americans with a ‘double whammy’," 6 June 2019 Marital battles that spark uncontrolled emotional outbursts should happen in private or in the presence of a therapist, and name-calling, threats or other forms of aggression are never OK. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of uncontrolled

circa 1535, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uncontrolled was circa 1535

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English Language Learners Definition of uncontrolled

: happening or done without being stopped, slowed, or controlled


un·​con·​trolled | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtrōld\

Kids Definition of uncontrolled

: not being controlled


un·​con·​trolled | \ ˌən-kən-ˈtrōld How to pronounce uncontrolled (audio) \

Medical Definition of uncontrolled

1 : not being under control uncontrolled hypertension
2 : not incorporating suitable experimental controls uncontrolled drug trials

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