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a. Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition: an intractable conflict; an intractable dilemma.
b. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure: intractable pain; intractable depression.
2. Difficult to persuade or keep under control, as in behavior: "Bullheaded enough when he was cold sober, he was intractable after a few drinks" (John Grisham). See Synonyms at obstinate.
3. Difficult to mold or manipulate: intractable materials.

in·trac′ta·bil′i·ty, in·trac′ta·ble·ness n.
in·trac′ta·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, refractoriness, unmanageableness - the trait of being unmanageable
wildness - an intractably barbarous or uncultivated state of nature
defiance, rebelliousness - intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
fractiousness, unruliness, wilfulness, willfulness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
balkiness - likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedly
mulishness, obstinacy, obstinance, stubbornness - the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
disobedience - the trait of being unwilling to obey


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Leave the old there, and La Civilta Cattolica and its party would permit us the regimen of liberty everywhere else, as a concession to our weakness, our intractableness, or to a local and temporary necessity.
28) Despite personally experiencing the intractableness of neocolonialism, King still mustered the courage to imagine a world of peaceful co-existence--a world that had many names, such as "the world house"29 and "beloved community.
40) Nevertheless he seems to confirm the inherent intractableness, and therefore fundamental dangerousness, of international politics.