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intractable

[in-trak-tuh-buh l]
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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.
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noun
  1. an intractable person.
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Origin of intractable

From the Latin word intractābilis, dating back to 1535–45. See in-3, tractable
Related formsin·trac·ta·bil·i·ty, in·trac·ta·ble·ness, nounin·trac·ta·bly, adverb

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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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British Dictionary definitions for intractable

intractable

adjective
  1. difficult to influence or directan intractable disposition
  2. (of a problem, illness, etc) difficult to solve, alleviate, or cure
  3. difficult to shape or mould, esp with the hands
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Derived Formsintractability or intractableness, nounintractably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for 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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intractable in Medicine

intractable

(ĭn-trăktə-bəl)
adj.
  1. Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn.
  2. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure.
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Related formsin•trac′ta•bili•ty n.
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