Definition of intractable in English:



  • 1Hard to control or deal with.

    ‘intractable economic problems’
    • ‘Spinal cord stimulators also are used in the treatment of intractable pain.’
    • ‘People with diabetes may develop a particularly intractable form of disordered eating that is not readily amenable to treatment.’
    • ‘The patient was admitted to the hospital with intractable abdominal pain.’
    • ‘For severe intractable cancer pain, more potent long-acting opioids are recommended.’
    • ‘In that case the patient had been diagnosed with terminal cancer or intractable pain connected up with the terminal cancer.’
    • ‘In part this flows from the recognition that many of the most intractable social problems are not simply economic or even political.’
    • ‘Under those circumstances, it's hard not to simply decide that the problem is intractable and give up.’
    • ‘Injections that block nerve transmission in the plexus may be helpful in the treatment of intractable abdominal pain, such as in cancer of the pancreas.’
    • ‘Given the intractable nature of controlling leaks, we need to try remedies that have not been tried before.’
    • ‘At the heart of the present political conflict is an intractable contradiction.’
    • ‘Nothing is more frightening - no economic problem more intractable - than a deflationary spiral.’
    • ‘Economic progress has been accompanied by wide income disparities and intractable social problems.’
    • ‘This problem has grown increasingly intractable because of changing social expectations about parenthood.’
    • ‘Poverty remains intractable despite economic growth in many countries.’
    • ‘Germany, with its intractable economic problems, is seriously considering it.’
    • ‘If all these measures fail and pain remains intractable, then below knee amputation may be needed.’
    • ‘In the end he was beaten by Pandora, in whose box was not only the party demon but also the even more intractable economic and nationality devils.’
    • ‘After years in the doldrums, the economy is picking up, and the seemingly intractable budget deficits have been avoided for the past two years.’
    • ‘War is further seen as a means of diverting the attention of working people from the intractable social and economic crisis at home.’
    • ‘Now it represents one of the world's most intractable economies.’
    unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, out of control, out of hand, impossible to cope with
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) difficult or stubborn.
      • ‘I suggested that it'd not stay healthy for long if it had no work to do but he was intractable.’
      • ‘She was brave, but she was also intractable, when she set her mind on something.’
      • ‘When Dana reached her side, he realized that she was intractable.’
      • ‘The recollection is of a religious zealot, a somewhat dull and intractable man in stark contrast to his master, the virile and volatile Henry VIII.’
      • ‘They are intractable in their thinking, they are unreasoning and unreasonable and it's just a waste of breath to talk to them.’
      • ‘That is perhaps one reason why its peoples are so intractable and difficult.’
      • ‘The idea is to bring them on side, to drive a wedge between them and people they perceive as intractable opponents.’
      • ‘And he is similarly intractable on the matter of promotional activities, which he has strictly limited to three a week.’
      stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, inflexible, unadaptable, unmalleable, unbending, unyielding, uncompromising, unaccommodating, uncooperative, difficult, awkward, perverse, contrary, disobedient, indomitable, refractory, recalcitrant, pig-headed, bull-headed, wilful
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Late 15th century: from Latin intractabilis, from in- ‘not’ + tractabilis (see tractable).