Definition of ungovernable in English:



  • Impossible to control or govern.

    ‘an ungovernable impulse to run away’
    ‘the country had become ungovernable’
    • ‘I try to control it but if it slips out it is ungovernable.’
    • ‘It was a calculated, callous attempt to undermine Castro and the Cuban Government, essentially bludgeoning the Cubans to the point where the country would become ungovernable.’
    • ‘It was a policy which created a classroom revolution - one which has caused chaos and misery for countless thousands of children and their teachers and made many schools all but ungovernable.’
    • ‘But the unmistakable impression is that they are now putting short-term partisanship ahead of good policy by trying to make the House ungovernable.’
    • ‘That leaves the Taliban and its allies to pursue the same strategy used by their forebears against the Soviets - take control of the countryside, and make it ungovernable from Kabul.’
    • ‘The Kabul government no longer faces a movement capable of taking over the country; rather, it faces regional insurgencies, capable of making the country ungovernable.’
    • ‘What is clear is that the photograph, in the editor's own words, fitted into an editorial view that portrayed Iraq as ungovernable and chaotic.’
    • ‘It makes us question the balance between human control and the heretofore ungovernable forces we deemed natural.’
    • ‘If the laws are unfavourable, we must make the country ungovernable.’
    • ‘The public sphere in many ways had become ungovernable, in that it was difficult if not impossible to retain control over how products were consumed.’
    • ‘The country was soon essentially ungovernable, with various warlords in murderous control of their own fiefdoms.’
    • ‘Part of Allawi's mission was to counter the TV coverage depicting Iraq as a bloody battlefield hurtling toward ungovernable chaos and unwinnable civil war.’
    • ‘Someone unruly was ungovernable or disorderly; the modern sense is a weakening of this.’
    • ‘Someone's going to do something about it and since so much spam comes from other, ungovernable countries, a legislative solution won't help much.’
    • ‘It also praised the reaction of New Yorkers to the tragedy: ‘The supposedly ungovernable city showed it could govern itself under the most terrifying pressure.’’
    • ‘Economic liberalization was then undertaken to restore the fiscal base, and thence government control over what had become ungovernable economies.’
    • ‘But he came out an admirer, one who believes that he took on a city that seemed all but ungovernable and came closer to governing it than any mayor in modern times.’
    • ‘In my everyday work as a doctor, for example, I see the results of ungoverned, and consequently ungovernable, passion: that is to say, murder, mayhem, and misery.’
    • ‘But the message was undoubtedly to the world, to the coalition, to the U.N. community as a whole, that Iraq was ungovernable under present conditions.’
    • ‘But the question remains, as a seemingly ungovernable party continues to languish in electoral obscurity and tear itself apart, whether the smack of firm leadership will be enough to save the Scottish Tories.’
    uncontrollable, unmanageable, anarchic, chaotic, intractable
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