[uhn-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l]


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.

Nearby words

  1. unconstraint,
  2. unconstructed,
  3. unconsummated,
  4. uncontaminated,
  5. uncontested,
  6. uncontrolled,
  7. uncontroversial,
  8. uncontroverted,
  9. unconventional,
  10. unconventional warfare

Origin of uncontrollable

First recorded in 1570–80; un-1 + control + -able

Related formsun·con·trol·la·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollable



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

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