Is there a better word for "uncontrollableness"? After significant googling I have come up short of -- to me -- an appropriate answer.

Is there such a word? I'm looking in the context of "...To suggest the weather's "uncontrollableness"" -- or some other arrangement, but can't find a suitable direct synonym.

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    Weather is often described as capricious, mercurial, or fickle, but that captures its inherent unpredictability, not necessarily its uncontrollability. But nevertheless these words might be suitable entry points for a deeper thesaurus search.
    – Dan Bron
    Feb 19, 2017 at 18:34
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    Unwieldiness? Intractability? Also: merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/intractable
    – Řídící
    Feb 19, 2017 at 18:41
  • If you change the point of view, you can get the desired meaning by saying, "We are impotent against the weather." Or you can talk about our impotence to change the weather. Feb 20, 2017 at 5:14
  • Well, controllability is a word, so why not uncontrollability? Feb 20, 2017 at 18:00

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Most of the characteristics are adjectives and don't easily turn into pretty/accepted nouns.
Weather is primitive
Or weather remains intractable.

If you are desperate for a noun situation, perhaps use the adjective to modify a placeholder noun such like nature or character.
untamed nature
or unstable nature
or stubborn nature.

If you do want actual nouns, perhaps a few useful options remain. Here are some options that appear in dictionaries... but don't have their own definition given apart from the adjectives...


living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated (m-w)

Or tempestuousness

tumultuous; turbulent (Dictionary.com)


How about unpredictability?


unpredictability: Inability to be predicted; changeability. ‘the unpredictability of the British weather’

Something that cannot be predicted cannot be controlled.

  • That is true of weather, but you put a baby in a crib to control him because you cannot predict what he will do when your back is turned. At least I think that is what a crib is for.
    – ab2
    Feb 20, 2017 at 0:40
  • @ab2 Just because you put a baby in a crib doesn't mean you control the baby totally. Of course, you could let the baby cry themself to sleep, etc., but have you really controlled them? Plus, unlike other phenomena, such as weather. babies are relatively predictable. Feb 20, 2017 at 1:13

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