intractable

[in-trak-tuh-buhl]
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:
1535–45; < Latin intractābilis. See in-3, tractable

intractability, intractableness, noun
intractably, adverb


1. perverse, headstrong, dogged, obdurate, stony, willful, froward. 1, 2. fractious, refractory, unbending, inflexible, adamant, unyielding. See unruly.


1. amiable. 1, 2. amenable, flexible.
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intractable (ɪnˈtræktəbəl)
 
adj
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
 
intracta'bility
 
n
 
in'tractableness
 
n
 
in'tractably
 
adv

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intractable
1545, from L. intractabilis "not to be handled," from in- "not" + tractabilis (see tractable).
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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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Example sentences
They are in fact powerful tools that can help people change bad behavior
  patterns, even those that seem intractable.
It was a brilliant simplification of an intractable problem.
Another reason is more intractable: the grandstanding politician.
People who live with intractable pain do become physically dependent on opiates
  when taken regularly.
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