Definition of intractable in English:

intractable

Syllabification: in·trac·ta·ble
Pronunciation: /inˈtraktəbəl
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

intractability

Pronunciation: /-ˌtraktəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • Add to that a large body of psychiatric literature detailing the stubborn intractability of pedophilia, and it all adds up to a class of persons popularly considered beyond redemption.
  • Because of the intractability of her condition, the offender's prospects of rehabilitation are negligible.
  • The intractability should remind us that the issue is not pro or anti globalization, but how to make publicly accountable the oligarchy that has led us into this experience of globalization as breeding more and more injustice.

intractableness

noun
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  • They charge her with intractableness in refusing to answer the judges at her trial, ignoring the fact that this was her judicial right.

intractably

adverb
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  • In the West, the writers and artists and many of the clergy and public intellectuals are intractably anti-war.
  • This stands in stark contrast to those who complain about the fragmented nature of American society, or the seemingly intractably opposed interests of some of its citizens.
  • However, typically, the number of non-dominated solutions increases with the number of criteria and the non-dominated set is often intractably large.

Origin

late 15th century: from Latin intractabilis, from in- 'not' + tractabilis (see tractable).

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