in·​tran·​si·​gence | \ in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jən(t)s How to pronounce intransigence (audio) , -ˈtran-zə- \

Definition of intransigence

: the quality or state of being intransigent

Examples of intransigence in a Sentence

her intransigence on the issue was simply frustrating
Recent Examples on the Web There is a mismatch right now fueled by intransigence. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 Hopelessly deadlocked, with both parties pointing fingers at the other’s intransigence, the commission submitted two sets of maps to the state legislature. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 That means once the calendar rolls over to 2022, no more Sunday shows appearances griping about Manchin’s intransigence, and no more public outcry from Bernie Sanders and the Squad. Serenity is not exactly the Democrats’s strong point these days. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2021 Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, speaking at a Congressional transportation subcommittee, described decades of intransigence by the Coast Guard, which is meant to regulate maritime safety. Richard Wintonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 To be fair, largely through Chinese intransigence, but the result is the same. CBS News, 16 Mar. 2022 The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes bullheadedness and intransigence as synonyms. Michael Tarm, ajc, 23 Feb. 2022 But now Orban’s defiance and intransigence has had an important, if unintended, effect: serving as a catalyst for an often-sluggish EU system to act to safeguard the democratic principles that are the foundation of the bloc. Benjamin Novak,, 3 Jan. 2022 That's in large part due to the intransigence of two key Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intransigence

1882, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Intransigence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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