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[uhn-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l] /ˌʌn kənˈtroʊ lə bəl/
incapable of being controlled or restrained:
uncontrollable anger.
something, as an obligation, that cannot be controlled, reduced, or dispensed with:
the uncontrollables in the new federal budget.
Origin of uncontrollable
1570-80; un-1 + control + -able
Related forms
uncontrollably, adverb Unabridged
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  • She averted her face, and her slight, graceful body shook with an uncontrollable emotion.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • Big Waller burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter at this.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • Valerie, sinking down into her chair, burst into an uncontrollable flood of tears.

    A Modern Mercenary Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
  • She did not look like a woman who has yielded impetuously to an uncontrollable impulse.

    The Long Run Edith Wharton
  • Beard's outburst against Collins had seemed a genuine eruption of uncontrollable emotions, at first.

British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollable


incapable of being controlled or managed
Derived Forms
uncontrollability, uncontrollableness, noun
uncontrollably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncontrollable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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