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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
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin intractābilis. 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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British Dictionary definitions for intractableness

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 intractableness

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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intractableness 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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