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
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intractable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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;
: not easily managed, controlled, or solved
: not easily relieved or cured
What made you want to look up intractable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).