Definition of controllable in US English:



  • 1Capable of being directed or influenced.

    ‘the glider was fully controllable’
    • ‘There are carpets in all bedrooms as well as controllable low-voltage lighting.’
    • ‘These are driven by electric motors and are controllable by the patients.’
    • ‘Without software, aircraft would not be controllable or reach the desired performance capabilities.’
    • ‘A stunning innovation in its day, the telegraph was an easily controllable device.’
    • ‘It is actually quite controllable in the dirt, once you get the hang of drifting and tail-out cornering.’
    • ‘All lighting, video, and window opacity are controllable from the bed.’
    • ‘It's very controllable once you've had a bit of practice, and there's lots of fun to be had.’
    • ‘The rectifier is fully controllable and is capable of blocking current entirely in one direction.’
    • ‘Although not drivable or controllable by players, choppers and Humvees roam the maps on set paths.’
    • ‘The ship is powered by two diesel engines that drive a single shaft with a five-blade controllable pitch propeller.’
    1. 1.1 Capable of being safely regulated or limited.
      ‘discontent began to give way to barely controllable rage’
      • ‘The good news is that business travel expenditure is one of the largest controllable expenses within a company.’
      • ‘The logistics worked, the costs were controllable, and the show was a hit.’
      • ‘Can these sources of increase be manipulated by policy so that population size becomes controllable?’
      • ‘In every industry, new competitors are emerging in different countries, making the market less controllable.’
      • ‘Starting with the counterfactual statement as a frame, the lesson is constructed by substituting a controllable future action and future outcome.’
      • ‘The study addresses the impact of four controllable marketing variables on consumer reactions to a promotional offer in the performing arts.’
      • ‘Your show spent time on the most ridiculous of issues—that is, how controllable is Teresa?’
      • ‘The choice of feed ingredients is another controllable factor.’
      • ‘The Internet is less controllable than governments might like, which threatens certain assumptions.’
      • ‘I'm a healthy man in my late 40s, with controllable hypertension and high cholesterol.’