Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn. See Synonyms at unruly.
  • adj. Difficult to mold or manipulate: intractable materials.
  • adj. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure: intractable pain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not tractable or to be drawn or guided by persuasion; not easily governed, managed, or directed; uncontrollable; incurable; violent; stubborn; obstinate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not tractable; not easily governed, managed, or directed; indisposed to be taught, disciplined, or tamed; violent; stubborn; obstinate; refractory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not tractable or to be drawn or guided by persuasion; uncontrollable.
  • Not to be brought into the desired order or condition; unmanageable; resisting effort: as, an intractable disposition; an intractable subject for literary treatment.
  • Synonyms Stubborn, Refractory, etc. (see obstinate); unruly, unmanageable, ungovernable, wilful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not tractable; difficult to manage or mold

Etymologies

From in- +‎ tractable (Wiktionary)

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