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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being intractable; intractableness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being intractable; intractableness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as intractableness.

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

  • n. the trait of being hard to influence or control


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Leon Panetta was right on the money by naming the intractability of the Clintonistas as a “sense of entitlement”.

    Early Word: Convention Previews - The Caucus Blog -

  • So he put out a press release blaming the grocer for its "intractability" on the issue and "apologiz ing to the Ward 8 community for Giant's failure to provide timely support to the Community."

    DeMorning DeBonis: Nov. 24, 2010

  • It is this unwillingness to listen, to think things over after hearing the other person's point of view that continues to contribute to our intractability in the political arena, to the astonishing rise in hate groups since the election of President Obama and to the general distrust of our justice and other systems.

    Andrea Lyon: Sometimes the Other Person Has a Point

  • In the case of my employer, this intractability led directly poorer versions of products for our customers (where in some cases they actually preferred the older generation to the new one).

    Strategic Entrenchment

  • Is it the intractability of teachers who teach the one year they know every year?


  • However, given that the broad parameters of a permanent two-state settlement are clear, for the most part, it seems that something more basic is contributing to the continued intractability of the conflict.

    Peter T. Coleman, PhD: The Mathematics of Middle East Conflict and Peace

  • In another sign of the intractability of the situation, a planned Wednesday visit by Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby to push for an Arab plan to defuse the crisis was called off at the last minute at the request of the Syrian government, two Arab League officials said.

    Heavy gunfire in central Syria; several killed

  • In the face of the intractability of infrastructure development, some use the excuse of national geography.

    If we can organise the Olympics, why can't we get the basics right? | Matthew Taylor

  • His 500 densely argued pages testify to his awareness of the intractability of the problem.

    Rethinking Thinking

  • No previous Congress has ever claimed the power to require Americans to engage in a particular form of commerce and, as the 11th Circuit decision noted, the Supreme Court has never suggested that Congress's power to regulate commerce could be used to this effect—regardless "of the seriousness and intractability of the problem such as lack of health insurance Congress sought to resolve in the Act."

    ObamaCare's Latest Judicial Defeat


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