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[in-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l] /ˌɪn kənˈtroʊ lə bəl/
Origin of incontrollable
First recorded in 1590-1600; in-3 + controllable
Related forms
incontrollably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Never in his life had his whole being been so abandoned to incontrollable rage.

    Comrades Thomas Dixon
  • Set upon his will as the one law of Nature; storming forward with incontrollable violence: a very whirlwind of a man.

  • His abrupt, incontrollable guffaw of understanding and joy caused his now annoyed parent to whirl upon him in surprise.

    The Alternative George Barr McCutcheon
  • Just as soon as they git to be as overbearin' an' as incontrollable as we are, then there's goin' to be thunder to pay.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • When he was told that they had stayed at Nancy, the poor child burst into incontrollable sobs, and refused to be comforted.

  • And with that there came a mighty and an incontrollable impulse to set it down, so as to preserve what I had seen.

    Jacob Behmen Alexander Whyte
  • The doctor answered with a smile that roused the master of the house to a pitch of incontrollable fury.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • She asked herself whether he had seen Leonetta, and what he thought of her, and she was seized by an incontrollable shudder.

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici
  • Ye br-reak into Hogan's house some night sufferin' fr'm an incontrollable impulse to take his watch.

    Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
  • It was inconceivable that in this room the sight of her had once stirred the Beast in him to incontrollable madness.

    The Sins of the Father

    Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for incontrollable


a less common word for uncontrollable
Derived Forms
incontrollably, adverb
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