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[uhn-kuh n-troh-luh-buh l] /ˌʌn kənˈtroʊ lə bəl/
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.
1570-80; un-1 + control + -able
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uncontrollably, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for uncontrollably


incapable of being controlled or managed
Derived Forms
uncontrollability, uncontrollableness, noun
uncontrollably, 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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