I adjective adamant, balky, beyond control, contrary, contumacious, defiant, difUcilis, disobedient, dogged, firm, froward, headstrong, heedless, incorrigible, indocile, indocilis, indomitable, inflexible, insubordinate, insuppressible, irrepressible, mulish, not easily governed, not pliable, obdurate, obstinate, obstreperous, pertinacious, perverse, pervicacious, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, resistive, restive, stubborn, tenacious, unbending, uncontrollable, uncurbed, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmalleable, unmanageable, unruly, unsubmissive, unwilling, unyielding, wayward, willful II index contumacious, difficult, disobedient, froward, immutable, incorrigible, indomitable, inexorable, inflexible, insubordinate, lawless, nonconsenting, obdurate, pertinacious, perverse, recalcitrant, renitent, restive, rigid, severe, unbending, uncontrollable, unruly, unyielding, willful

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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