Examples from the Web for intractable
Some express a feeling of hopelessness and that their intractable sadness will never abate.
Unfortunately, this new study shows how intractable that problem truly is.
The symptoms can show up as a wide array of intractable health problems.
On the left, many see it as a civil rights issue–potentially ameliorating the problem of intractable poverty.
We cannot step back and believe that a less confrontational posture will lead to peace with intractable adversaries.
But this morning it is a bull they are rounding-up; and a bull that had grown so savage and intractable that his life was forfeit.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
Boys get the name of being bad when they are intractable, but bad boys are fewer than bad men.The Criminal & the Community|James Devon
That I denied; mentioning several instances in which I had conquered the most intractable tempers among the sex.Barry Lyndon|William Makepeace Thackeray
The intractable nature of the rebels explains, but does not excuse, the conduct of the English rulers.A History of England|Charles Oman
The intractable boy, who rejects all masters, might be defenseless before a child.Laboulaye's Fairy Book|Various
British Dictionary definitions for intractable
Word Origin and History for intractable
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.