uncontrollable

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 uncontrollable sobs.
2.) someone who is uncontrollable behaves badly and will not obey anyone
The presence of some uncontrollable children spoilt the evening.
3.) if a situation is uncontrollable, nothing can be done to control it or stop it getting worse
uncontrollable bleeding
uncontrollable inflation

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • uncontrollable — I adjective bullheaded, carried away, disobedient, disorderly, fractious, frenzied, headstrong, hysterical, impetuous, impotens, incorrigible, indocile, indomitable, insuppressible, insurgent, intractable, irrepressible, irresistable, lawless,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • uncontrollable — [adj] wild; carried away beside oneself, disorderly, excited, fractious, frantic, freaked, furious, headstrong, indocile, indomitable, insuppressible, insurgent, intractable, irrepressible, irresistible, lawless, like a loose cannon*, mad,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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|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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