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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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Examples from the web for ungovernable
  • If universities really were democracies, where every important decision was subjected to a vote, they would be ungovernable.
  • Given the pace of change, one wonders if we're headed for a place where some of these technologies are essentially ungovernable.
  • The level of complexity and speed of modern markets makes them functionally ungovernable.
  • It was experiencing a spasm of virtuous reaction, quite as lawless and ungovernable as any of the acts that had provoked it.
  • Lower down, you enter into an ungovernable countryside.
  • Besides, humanitarian military interventions may fail to achieve victory or may leave the country in ungovernable chaos.
  • It has always been ungovernable, a nation of wild unsullied beauty, steeped in mystery.
  • He might conclude that he lived in a society that was ungovernable.
  • Appellant stipulated to the fact that he was on probation for purposes of the violation of probation, ungovernable charge.
  • They include compliance with a curfew, school attendance, and not engaging in ungovernable behavior.
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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