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

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Examples of intransigence in a Sentence

her intransigence on the issue was simply frustrating
Recent Examples on the Web Use that, and your five-year lead time, to be thoughtful and proactive about what your husband’s intransigence means — and doesn’t mean — for you. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Her husband firmly plants his flag. Does it look like a red one to her?," 15 Jan. 2021 Relief had been weeks in coming, thanks in part to preelection Democratic intransigence, and was now tied to funding the federal government. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump shoots his way out of the White House," 31 Dec. 2020 Cicilline’s report also took the tech monopolies to task for their intransigence in fulfilling requests for documents from the subcommittee that would help shed light on business practices. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020 In an op-ed for The Hill, von Rennenkampff conveniently ignores Mossadegh’s abuses of power and diplomatic intransigence, as well as the considerable Iranian opposition to him. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "‘Blame America First’ Crowd Resurrects an Old Myth," 3 Dec. 2020 The move, which will have little impact on Apple’s bottom line, is an abrupt change from the company’s public intransigence over its fees. Jack Nicas, New York Times, "Apple Halves Its App Store Fee for the Smaller Companies," 18 Nov. 2020 In India, their searches are often stymied by missing papers or bureaucratic intransigence. Bhavya Dore, Quartz, "Despite mixed results, south Asian adoptees turn to DNA tests," 20 Oct. 2020 This data was everything the leadership expected given the intransigence of the Reagan administration. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "WarGames for real: How one 1983 exercise nearly triggered WWIII," 29 Nov. 2020 In her final section, Wilkerson instead offers stories of individual awakenings to empathy as the way to try to transcend caste, to struggle against its intransigence. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "Is America Trapped in a Caste System?," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of intransigence

1882, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2021

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“Intransigence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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