1. able to control or determine policy
; - Example: "a controlling interest in the firm"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Control \Con*trol"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Controlled; p. pr. &
vb. n. Controlling.] [F. contr[^o]ler, fr. contr[^o]le.]
[Formerly written comptrol and controul.]
1. To check by a counter register or duplicate account; to
prove by counter statements; to confute. [Obs.]
This report was controlled to be false. --Fuller.
2. To exercise restraining or governing influence over; to
check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern;
Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
But not a scepter to control the world. --Shak.
I feel my virtue struggling in my soul:
But stronger passion does its power control.
3. to assure the validity of an experimental procedure by
using a control.
Syn: To restrain; rule; govern; manage; guide; regulate;
hinder; direct; check; curb; counteract; subdue.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: able to control or determine policy; "a controlling
interest in the firm"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
87 Moby Thesaurus words for "controlling":
absolute, all-absorbing, ascendant, at the head, authoritarian,
authoritative, authorized, autocratic, boss, capital, cardinal,
chief, clothed with authority, commanding, competent,
consequential, considerable, directing, directive, directorial,
directory, dominant, duly constituted, eminent, empowered,
ex officio, foremost, general, governing, great, guiding, head,
hegemonic, hegemonistic, highest, imperative, important,
in ascendancy, in charge, in chief, in the ascendant, influential,
leading, main, managerial, managing, master, mighty, momentous,
monocratic, official, overriding, overruling, paramount, potent,
powerful, predominant, predominate, preeminent, premier,
prepollent, preponderant, preponderate, prepotent, prestigious,
prevalent, primary, prime, principal, prominent, puissant, ranking,
regnant, regulating, regulative, regulatory, reigning, ruling,
senior, sovereign, substantial, superior, supreme, topmost,
totalitarian, uppermost, weighty