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[uhn-guhv-er-nuh-buh l] /ʌnˈgʌv ər nə bəl/
impossible to govern, rule, or restrain; uncontrollable.
Origin of ungovernable
1665-75; un-1 + governable
Related forms
ungovernability, ungovernableness, noun
ungovernably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Could that woman, the victim of all ungovernable passions, have but known what she did, or foreseen its results!

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • If they are opposed they fly into ungovernable passions and blind rages.

  • Her ungovernable passions turned against themselves, and, going beyond their natural appetites, forced themselves to suffer.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • The cause of this sudden and ungovernable exclamation can be no other than a woman.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Alfieri, on the other hand, was given over to volcanic ebullitions of the most ungovernable hate and affection, joy and sorrow.

  • She seems to have been impatient, violent, and ungovernable.

  • With word that a heavy counter-attack was turning the retreat into an ungovernable rout, he broke into a storm.

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for ungovernable


not able to be disciplined, restrained, etc: an ungovernable temper
Derived Forms
ungovernableness, noun
ungovernably, adverb
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