One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘their problems have become more acute and intractable’
unmanageable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, out of control, out of hand, impossible to cope with
difficult, awkward, complex, troublesome, demanding, burdensome
2‘there was no budging this intractable man’
stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, inflexible, unadaptable, unmalleable, unbending, unyielding, uncompromising, unaccommodating, uncooperative, difficult, awkward, perverse, contrary, disobedient, indomitable, refractory, recalcitrant, pig-headed, bull-headed, wilful
North American rock-ribbed
British informal bloody-minded
North American informal balky
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