intractable


in·trac·ta·ble

adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈtrak-tə-bəl\

: not easily managed, controlled, or solved

: not easily relieved or cured

Full Definition of INTRACTABLE

1
:  not easily governed, managed, or directed <intractable problems>
2
:  not easily manipulated or wrought <intractable metal>
3
:  not easily relieved or cured <intractable pain>
in·trac·ta·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)in-ˌtrak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·trac·ta·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INTRACTABLE

  1. a patient experiencing intractable pain
  2. <an intractable child who deliberately does the opposite of whatever he is told>
  3. Contrary to the idea of black holes sucking everything, even light, into inconceivable nothingness, Hawking proposed that there was one thing that could escape a black hole's intractable grip: thermal radiation … —Bruno Maddox, Discover, September 2006

Origin of INTRACTABLE

Latin intractabilis, from in- + tractabilis tractable
First Known Use: 1531

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms

assay, bloom, bullion, ductile, ingot, malleable, patina, plate, temper, tensile

in·trac·ta·ble

adjective \(ˈ)in-ˈtrak-tə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTRACTABLE

1
: not easily managed or controlled (as by antibiotics or psychotherapy) <an intractable child> <activity against many intractable Proteus and Pseudomonas species of bacteria—Annual Report Pfizer>
2
: not easily relieved or cured <intractable pain> <intractable bleeding in duodenal ulcer—Journal of the American Medical Association>
in·trac·ta·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)in-ˌtrak-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural in·trac·ta·bil·i·ties

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