intractable

  • 1 Intractable — In*tract a*ble, a. [L. intractabilis: cf. F. intraitable, formerly also intractable. See {In } not, and {Tractable}.] Not tractable; not easily governed, managed, or directed; indisposed to be taught, disciplined, or tamed; violent; stubborn;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 intractable — I adjective adamant, balky, beyond control, contrary, contumacious, defiant, difUcilis, disobedient, dogged, firm, froward, headstrong, heedless, incorrigible, indocile, indocilis, indomitable, inflexible, insubordinate, insuppressible,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 intractable — c.1500, rough, stormy; 1540s, not manageable, from L. intractabilis not to be handled, unmanageable, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + tractabilis (see TRACTABLE (Cf. tractable)). Related: Intractably …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 intractable — *unruly, ungovernable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong Analogous words: obstreperous, boisterous (see VOCIFEROUS): contumacious, rebellious, factious, *insubordinate: froward, perverse, *contrary, wayward, balky Antonyms: tractable… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 intractable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) hard to solve or deal with. 2) stubborn. DERIVATIVES intractability noun intractably adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 intractable — [in trak′tə bəl] adj. [L intractabilis] not tractable; specif., a) hard to manage; unruly or stubborn b) hard to work, manipulate, cure, treat, etc. intractability n. intractableness intractably adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 Intractable — Unstoppable. For example, intractable diarrhea or intractable pain. * * * 1. SYN: refractory (1). 2. SYN: obstinate (1). [L. in tractabilis, fr. in neg. + tracto, to draw, haul] * * * in·trac·ta·ble ( )in trak tə bəl adj 1) not easily managed or… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 8 intractable — intractability, intractableness, n. intractably, adv. /in trak teuh beuhl/, adj. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 9 intractable — [[t]ɪntræ̱ktəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Intractable people are very difficult to control or influence. [FORMAL] What may be done to reduce the influence of intractable opponents? 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Intractable problems or… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 intractable — adjective Etymology: Latin intractabilis, from in + tractabilis tractable Date: 1531 1. not easily governed, managed, or directed < intractable problems > 2. not easily manipulated or wrought < intractable metal > 3. not easily relieved or cured… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 intractable — adjective formal 1 an intractable problem is very difficult to deal with or find an answer to: the seemingly intractable problem of human greed 2 having a strong will and difficult to control: They found the islanders intractable, resisting their …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 intractable — in|trac|ta|ble [ınˈtræktəbəl] adj formal 1.) an intractable problem is very difficult to deal with or solve ▪ the seemingly intractable problem of human greed 2.) having a strong will and difficult to control >intractability [ınˌtræktıˈbılıti] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 intractable — adjective 1) intractable problems Syn: unmanageable, uncontrollable, difficult, awkward, troublesome, demanding, burdensome Ant: manageable 2) an intractable man Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 intractable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unmanageable, ungovernable; obstinate, perverse; refractory, rebellious. See obstinacy. Ant., obedient. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unmanageable, contrary, stubborn, recalcitrant; see contrary 4 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 intractable — in|trac|ta|ble [ ın træktəbl ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL very difficult or impossible to deal with: the intractable problem of prison overcrowding 2. ) refusing to be persuaded or refusing to deal in a friendly way with someone ╾ in|trac|ta|bly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 intractable — UK [ɪnˈtræktəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) formal very difficult or impossible to deal with the intractable problem of prison over crowding 2) refusing to be persuaded, or refusing to deal in a friendly way with someone Derived words: intractably… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 intractable — in•trac•ta•ble [[t]ɪnˈtræk tə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) not docile or manageable; stubborn 2) hard to shape or work with: an intractable metal[/ex] 3) hard to treat, relieve, or cure • Etymology: 1535–45; < L intractābilis in•trac ta•bil′i•ty,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 intractable — /ɪnˈtræktəbəl / (say in traktuhbuhl) adjective 1. not docile; stubborn: an intractable disposition. 2. (of things) hard to deal with; unmanageable. {in 3 + tractable} –intractability /ɪnˌtræktəˈbɪləti/ (say in.traktuh biluhtee), intractableness,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 intractable — adjective Not tractable or to be drawn or guided by persuasion; not easily governed, managed, or directed; uncontrollable; incurable; violent; stubborn; obstinate …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 intractable — Synonyms and related words: adamant, adamantine, beyond control, breachy, bullheaded, contumacious, defiant, fractious, headstrong, immovable, immutable, incorrigible, indocile, indomitable, inductile, inelastic, inextensible, inextensile,… …

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