Definition of ungovernable in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈɡʌv(ə)nəb(ə)l/


Impossible to control or govern: an ungovernable sexual impulse the country had become ungovernable
More example sentences
  • It makes us question the balance between human control and the heretofore ungovernable forces we deemed natural.
  • Someone unruly was ungovernable or disorderly; the modern sense is a weakening of this.
  • 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.
uncontrollable, unmanageable, anarchic, chaotic, intractable;
without law and order



Pronunciation: /ʌnɡʌv(ə)nəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • The character's professional success, however, is a denial of the very assumption on which this entire genre rests: the wayward ungovernability of romantic fate.
  • As of more than 20 days ago the Venezuelan people lead a National Civic Strike with the purpose of demanding a democratic solution to the current state of ungovernability.
  • I want to appeal to all people of the Eastern Cape to avoid anything that would create an impression that we promote anarchy or ungovernability in the department.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈɡʌv(ə)nəbli/
Example sentences
  • Yet those same technological advances that made nation-states and empires governable now whisk capital and information ungovernably across their frontiers.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: un|gov¦ern|able

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.