[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.

Origin of uncontrollable

First recorded in 1570–80; un-1 + control + -able
Related formsun·con·trol·la·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for uncontrollably

Contemporary Examples of uncontrollably

Historical Examples of uncontrollably

  • 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.


    Grace May North

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

  • Paris adored her wildly, uncontrollably, to the hour of his death.


    Albert Payson Terhune

  • She looked down at them, and burst out laughing, uncontrollably.


    Leslie Burton Blades

British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollably



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

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