ungovernable


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un·gov·ern·a·ble

 (ŭn-gŭv′ər-nə-bəl)
adj.
Incapable of being governed, restrained, or controlled.

un·gov′ern·a·bly adv.
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ungovernable

(ʌnˈɡʌvənəbəl)
adj
not able to be disciplined, restrained, etc: an ungovernable temper.
unˈgovernableness n
unˈgovernably adv
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un•gov•ern•a•ble

(ʌnˈgʌv ər nə bəl)

adj.
impossible to govern, rule, or restrain; uncontrollable.
[1665–75]
un•gov`ern•a•bil′i•ty, un•gov′ern•a•ble•ness, n.
un•gov′ern•a•bly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ungovernable - of personsungovernable - of persons; "the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly"
difficult, unmanageable - hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
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ungovernable

adjective
1. unruly, rebellious, unmanageable, refractory The country has become ungovernable.
2. uncontrollable, wild, unrestrainable He was filled with an ungovernable rage.
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ungovernable

adjective
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Translations

ungovernable

[ʌnˈgʌvənəbl] ADJingobernable; [temper] → incontrolable, irrefrenable
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ungovernable

[ˌʌnˈgʌvərnəbəl] adj
[country, province] → ingouvernable
(= uncontrollable) [rage, passion] → ingouvernable
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ungovernable

adj
desire, passion, rageunbezähmbar; temperunbeherrscht
country, peopleunlenkbar, nicht zu regieren pred
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ungovernable

[ʌnˈgʌvnəbl] adj (country) → ingovernabile; (passion) → incontrollabile
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References in classic literature ?
just old enough to be formal, ungovernable, and to have the gout; too old to be agreeable, too young to die.
"But do you believe you could arrest the progress of two horses rushing forwards with ungovernable fury?" The Nubian smiled.
The spirit of clanship which was, at an early day, introduced into that kingdom, uniting the nobles and their dependants by ties equivalent to those of kindred, rendered the aristocracy a constant overmatch for the power of the monarch, till the incorporation with England subdued its fierce and ungovernable spirit, and reduced it within those rules of subordination which a more rational and more energetic system of civil polity had previously established in the latter kingdom.
I looked again at the cylinder, and ungovernable terror gripped me.
She was not of so ungovernable a temper as Lydia; and, removed from the influence of Lydia's example, she became, by proper attention and management, less irritable, less ignorant, and less insipid.
And, perhaps, if the god-driver had an ungovernable desire to step down, put up his flame-colored fists and manfully dispute the right of way, he would have probably been immediately opposed by a scowling mortal with two sets of very hard knuckles.
The ungovernable emotion that escaped the youth, in the first moments of his surprise, entirely passed away; and, although it was still evident that he continued to be much agitated by what he had heard, he succeeded in yielding forced attention to the advice which the other uttered.
Everybody had a narrative and a grievance, and none were reasonable about it, but all in an offensive and ungovernable state.
'May she wake in torment!' he cried, with frightful vehemence, stamping his foot, and groaning in a sudden paroxysm of ungovernable passion.
They were so quiet that, remembering them well, one comes to doubt that they ever existed - places of repose for tired ships to dream in, places of meditation rather than work, where wicked ships - the cranky, the lazy, the wet, the bad sea boats, the wild steerers, the capricious, the pig-headed, the generally ungovernable - would have full leisure to take count and repent of their sins, sorrowful and naked, with their rent garments of sailcloth stripped off them, and with the dust and ashes of the London atmosphere upon their mastheads.
They shrink by an ungovernable instinct, as they would shrink from laceration.
He was restless, fearless, but of impetuous and sometimes ungovernable temper.