uncontrollable

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 cannot control or stop

uncontrollable laughter/anger

2) someone who is uncontrollable behaves badly and refuses to do what other people tell them
3) if a situation or event is uncontrollable, you cannot stop it, change it, or improve it

Climate change may soon become uncontrollable.


Derived word:
uncontrollably
adverb

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • uncontrollable — (adj.) 1570s, irrefutable, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + CONTROLLABLE (Cf. controllable). From 1590s as not subject to authority; meaning that cannot be restrained is from 1640s. Related: Uncontrollably …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — [[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 …   English 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

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