American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. Not tractable or to be drawn or guided by persuasion; not easily governed, managed, or directed; uncontrollable; incurable; violent; stubborn; obstinate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not tractable; not easily governed, managed, or directed; indisposed to be taught, disciplined, or tamed; violent; stubborn; obstinate; refractory.
- adj. not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
- From in- + tractable (Wiktionary)
“This pattern has developed into a state that conflict scholars label intractable and that mathematicians call an attractor: the Israel-Palestinian conflict has thus become an intractable attractor.”
“So any perception by conservatives that progressives are intractable is itself only further demonstration of THEIR absolute unwillingness to engage in anything which might, by even the most reckless stretch of the imagination, ever be mistaken for reasoned discourse or genuine political interchange.”
“The story is already stale and yet it continues to remain intractable, organizationally and professionally, for most media organizations.”
“This society does not deal well with long-term intractable problems of any kind.”
“If they last longer than a month, they are termed intractable.”
“Volcker saw the problem as "intractable" -- and perhaps sarcastically recognized the”
“Michelle, I don’t disagree that one of the things that makes the Middle East conflict so intractable is that Arabs don’t accept that the creation of Israel is an irreversible fact.”
“Something in the soothing, self-regulating music, voice and images, and the weekly check-ins by a mental health professional, makes a sizable dent on the so-called intractable symptoms of PTS.”
“I believe that Resolution 242, cited in the Oslo accords accepted by both sides, would also provide a mechanism for the resolution of the so-called intractable Jerusalem issue.”
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