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uncontrollable

[uhn-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l] /ˌʌn kənˈtroʊ lə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being controlled or restrained:
uncontrollable anger.
noun
2.
something, as an obligation, that cannot be controlled, reduced, or dispensed with:
the uncontrollables in the new federal budget.
Origin of uncontrollable
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; un-1 + control + -able
Related forms
uncontrollably, adverb
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  • As if giving way to an uncontrollable impulse, he opened it a little.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Tom, in uncontrollable temper, raised his hand and struck him.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I was rather vexed at this uncontrollable outburst, and I continued my explanation.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Here, for the present, I stop in sheer and uncontrollable disgust.

  • Then, as if obeying an uncontrollable impulse, she came toward him.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollable

uncontrollable

/ˌʌnkənˈtrəʊləbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being controlled or managed
Derived Forms
uncontrollability, uncontrollableness, noun
uncontrollably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncontrollable
adj.

1570s, "irrefutable," from un- (1) "not" + controllable. From 1590s as "not subject to authority;" meaning "that cannot be restrained" is from 1640s. Related: Uncontrollably.

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