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uncontrollable

[ uhn-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l ]
/ ˌʌn kənˈtroʊ lə bəl /
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adjective

incapable of being controlled or restrained: uncontrollable anger.

noun

something, as an obligation, that cannot be controlled, reduced, or dispensed with: the uncontrollables in the new federal budget.

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unconstraint, unconstructed, unconsummated, uncontaminated, uncontested, uncontrollable, uncontrolled, uncontroversial, uncontroverted, unconventional, 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

uncontrollable

/ (ˌʌnkənˈtrəʊləbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being controlled or managed
Derived Formsuncontrollability or uncontrollableness, noununcontrollably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for uncontrollable

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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