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uncontrollable

[uhn-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. incapable of being controlled or restrained: uncontrollable anger.
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noun
  1. something, as an obligation, that cannot be controlled, reduced, or dispensed with: the uncontrollables in the new federal budget.
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Origin of uncontrollable

First recorded in 1570–80; un-1 + control + -able
Related formsun·con·trol·la·bly, 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

adjective
  1. incapable of being controlled or managed
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Derived Formsuncontrollability or uncontrollableness, noununcontrollably, 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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