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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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British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollably

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 uncontrollably

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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