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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
First recorded in 1570-80; un-1 + control + -able
Related forms
uncontrollably, adverb Unabridged
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  • He cried out in pain, uncontrollably, and let Ringg slip from his grasp.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • She found it hard to understand her own anger or why it had flared so uncontrollably.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • Ann had liked him, as suddenly and as uncontrollably as she had liked Garvin.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • Paris adored her wildly, uncontrollably, to the hour of his death.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • In the Colour Company of the 65th a boy began to cough, uncontrollably, with a hollow sound.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • She looked down at them, and burst out laughing, uncontrollably.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • She was the demurest of all in seeming when she danced, but she was uncontrollably jealous.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • With me it swept to sentiment, and carried me uncontrollably in its undertow.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • The words warmed Gyp, uncontrollably light-hearted in these days, just as she was warmed when people turned to stare at her.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollably


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



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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