in·​tran·​si·​gence in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jən(t)s How to pronounce intransigence (audio)
: 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 All failed, torpedoed by the intransigence of one side or the other. Ivan Nechepurenko Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Yet the government has responded to each of these popular threats with the same brutality and intransigence. Lucan Ahmad Way, Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2023 So, while the intransigence of the AMPTP structure is impeding progress, these behind-the-scenes conversations demonstrate there is a fair deal to be made that addresses our issues. Rodney Ho, ajc, 9 Sep. 2023 Some of this intransigence is no doubt because publish-or-perish incentives prompt authors to hire attorneys to fight retractions. Ivan Oransky, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2023 Altogether, Republican intransigence threatens to lead America to default, which risks a catastrophic recession. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 24 May 2023 Now that the administration is negotiating, that lobbying could swing in the other direction, with Republican intransigence on spending demands emerging as the primary obstacle to a deal. Paul Kane, Washington Post, 24 May 2023 In part, the lack of progress stems from the intransigence of the two sides. Asher Orkaby, Foreign Affairs, 11 July 2023 The architects insist that a flexible, forward-looking New York station needs to be a 360-degree affair, and even the MTA seems to be softening its intransigence on that point. Curbed, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intransigence was in 1882

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“Intransigence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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