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intractableness

Definitions

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  • n. The state of being intractable; intractability.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or quality of being intractable. Also intractability.

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

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

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Examples

  • Perhaps it is a symbol of the intractableness of the debate over replacing the viaduct, but people on both sides of the aisle seem mightily annoyed by this turn of events.

    Sound Politics: Governor Punts, Editorial Boards Applaud. Voters, what say you?

  • The humanities, unlike the natural sciences, had nothing to lose, or so it was thought, and, unlike the social sciences, they had no knowledge of the intractableness of the political matter.

    THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND

  • It is not much to be wondered at if impatient or disappointed reformers, groaning under the impediments opposed to the most salutary public improvements by the ignorance, the indifference, the intractableness, the perverse obstinacy of a people, and the corrupt combinations of selfish private interests armed with the powerful weapons afforded by free institutions, should at times sigh for a strong hand to bear down all these obstacles, and compel

    Representative Government

  • Jarrell was contemptuous of the self-consciously clever substitution of fake eccentricity and romance for the real intractableness of experience….

    Taught by Jarrell

  • Even her stubborn intractableness, her keen and malicious humor, added zest to their relationship.

    DragonFlight

  • On the other hand, while Madame d'Epinay was overwhelming him with caressing phrases, she was at the same moment describing him to Grimm as a master of impertinence and intractableness.

    Rousseau

  • In religion as well as in morality there is manifested the reckless independence of the (now, for the first time, vigorously and mightily self-conscious) subjective spirit, from any and all unconditional objective authority, whether of nature or of spirit, — an untamedness and intractableness of the strong individual will, daring deeds, but also a violent wildness of the unbent will and of the passions, — a highly excited turmoil-without goal or purpose.

    Christian Ethics. Volume I.���History of Ethics.

  • It was from considering the docility of the high-bred Arab horse and intractableness of the quibly, roughly broken prairie or Pampas horse, that Mr. Rarey was led to think over and perfect the system which he has repeatedly explained and illustrated by living examples in his lectures, and very imperfectly explained in his valuable, original, but crude little book.

    A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses With the Substance of the Lectures at the Round House, and Additional Chapters on Horsemanship and Hunting, for the Young and Timid

  • Duke of Orleans -- the gentle conduct of the three young strangers -- were all, in a moment of extravagant folly, passion, and intractableness, forgotten, flung to the winds, when, with a scornful air, he addressed Louis Philippe:

    Louis Philippe Makers of History Series

  • The private journals of that day kept at Savannah and Ebenezer, acquaint us, in some measure, with the arduous nature of the commissioners 'labors, and the difficulties they encountered from the want of funds, the intractableness of laborers, the novelty of the attempt, the imperfections of machinery, and the bitter opposition of those who should have sustained and encouraged them.

    Biographical Memorials of James Oglethorpe

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