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intractable

[in-trak-tuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtræk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn; obstinate:
an intractable disposition.
2.
(of things) hard to shape or work with:
an intractable metal.
3.
hard to treat, relieve, or cure:
the intractable pain in his leg.
noun
4.
an intractable person.
Origin of intractable
1535-1545
From the Latin word intractābilis, dating back to 1535-45. See in-3, tractable
Related forms
intractability, intractableness, noun
intractably, adverb
Synonyms
1. perverse, headstrong, dogged, obdurate, stony, willful, froward. 1, 2. fractious, refractory, unbending, inflexible, adamant, unyielding. See unruly.
Antonyms
1. amiable. 1, 2. amenable, flexible.
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  • The intractability of the Lady Jezebel was beyond all bounds.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Heaven supply me with fortitude to contest her wild opinions, and intractability!

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • Wasn't she the author of a pamphlet on the intractability of servants?

    Married August Strindberg
  • If Jill was to be wooed from her mood of intractability, Derek was the only man to do it.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • Or weeks or months or years according to the degree of our intractability.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • A vexatious delay occurred from the intractability of the mules, which persistently refused to allow themselves to be caught.

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for intractability

intractable

/ɪnˈtræktəbəl/
adjective
1.
difficult to influence or direct: an intractable disposition
2.
(of a problem, illness, etc) difficult to solve, alleviate, or cure
3.
difficult to shape or mould, esp with the hands
Derived Forms
intractability, intractableness, noun
intractably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intractability
n.

1570s, from intractable + -ity.

intractable

adj.

c.1500, "rough, stormy;" 1540s, "not manageable," from Latin intractabilis "not to be handled, unmanageable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + tractabilis (see tractable). Related: Intractably.

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intractability in Medicine

intractable in·trac·ta·ble (ĭn-trāk'tə-bəl)
adj.

  1. Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn.

  2. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure.


in·trac'ta·bil'i·ty n.
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