uncontrollable

uncontrollable
[[t]ʌ̱nkəntro͟ʊləb(ə)l[/t]]
1) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe a feeling or physical action as uncontrollable, you mean that you cannot control it or prevent yourself from feeling or doing it.

It had been a time of almost uncontrollable excitement...

William was seized with uncontrollable rage...

He burst into uncontrollable laughter at something I'd said.

Derived words:
uncontrollably [[t]ʌ̱nkəntro͟ʊləbli[/t]] ADV usu ADV after v

I started shaking uncontrollably and began to cry.

2) ADJ If you describe a person as uncontrollable, you mean that their behaviour is bad and that nobody can make them behave more sensibly.

Mark was withdrawn and uncontrollable...

Uncontrollable children grow into young criminals.

Syn:
3) ADJ If you describe a situation or series of events as uncontrollable, you believe that nothing can be done to control them or to prevent things from getting worse.

If political and ethnic problems are not resolved the situation could become uncontrollable.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • uncontrollable — is now the dominant form, rather than incontrollable …   Modern English usage

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  • uncontrollable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not controllable. DERIVATIVES uncontrollably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • uncontrollable — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • uncontrollable — un|con|trol|lable [ˌʌnkənˈtrəuləbəl US ˈtroul ] adj 1.) if an emotion, desire, or physical action is uncontrollable, you cannot control it or stop yourself from feeling it or doing it ▪ I felt an uncontrollable urge to scream. ▪ Mother burst into …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • uncontrollable — un|con|trol|la|ble [ ,ʌnkən trouləbl ] adjective 1. ) impossible to control or stop: A tire had burst and the car became uncontrollable. Wounds like this can lead to uncontrollable bleeding. a ) an uncontrollable feeling is one that you cannot… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • uncontrollable — UK [ˌʌnkənˈtrəʊləb(ə)l] / US [ˌʌnkənˈtroʊləb(ə)l] adjective 1) a) impossible to control or stop A tyre had burst and the car became uncontrollable. Wounds like this can lead to uncontrollable bleeding. b) an uncontrollable feeling is one that you …   English dictionary

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