Definition of ungovernable in English:

ungovernable

adjective

  • Impossible to control or govern.

    ‘an ungovernable impulse to run away’
    ‘the country had become ungovernable’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Economic liberalization was then undertaken to restore the fiscal base, and thence government control over what had become ungovernable economies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the unmistakable impression is that they are now putting short-term partisanship ahead of good policy by trying to make the House ungovernable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Someone unruly was ungovernable or disorderly; the modern sense is a weakening of this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the laws are unfavourable, we must make the country ungovernable.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The country was soon essentially ungovernable, with various warlords in murderous control of their own fiefdoms.’
    • ‘It makes us question the balance between human control and the heretofore ungovernable forces we deemed natural.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I try to control it but if it slips out it is ungovernable.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    uncontrollable, unmanageable, anarchic, chaotic, intractable
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Pronunciation

ungovernable

/ʌnˈɡʌv(ə)nəb(ə)l/