Definition of intractable
- intractable problems
- intractable metal
- intractable pain
a patient experiencing intractable pain
an intractable child who deliberately does the opposite of whatever he is told
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First Known Use: 1531See Words from the same year
balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward, willful (or wilful);
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding;
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