Examples of intractable in a Sentence
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
Sepsis, which is what happens to the body when an infection goes bad, is one of mankind's oldest and most intractable foes. —Leon Jaroff, Time, 24 July 2000
But now anesthesiologists have begun turning to an herb to help treat a deadly and often intractable lung condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people a year. —Eric Nagourney, New York Times, 26 Oct. 1999
a patient experiencing intractable pain
an intractable child who deliberately does the opposite of whatever he is told
Recent Examples of intractable from the Web
In 1968, the massive Tet Offensive opened young eyes to the intractable horror that had become the Vietnam conflict.
As president, Trump has proceeded cautiously, hoping to preserve his ability to serve as an effective mediator for one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.
Hornqvist, who will be a game-time decision for Game 1 while recovering from upper-body injury, gives the Penguins a nearly intractable net-front presence.
No longer forced to nitpick over which government programs to cut, political leaders emerge with new initiatives to help solve seemingly intractable social problems, like drug addiction.
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Origin and Etymology of intractable
Latin intractabilis, from in- + tractabilis tractable
First Known Use: 1531See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of intractable
INTRACTABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intractable for English Language Learners
: not easily managed, controlled, or solved
: not easily relieved or cured
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
intractability\(ˌ)in-ˌtrak-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
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