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 Toomey’s intransigence stopped the Senate from considering the amendment and could mean that up to 70 million Americans may see their stimulus checks pared or completely seized. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, "Republican Senator Blocks Bill To Protect $1,400 Stimulus Checks From Debt Collectors," 19 Mar. 2021 Moderate Democrats have resisted changing the rules, but Republican intransigence could sap their patience. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Biden wants a ‘talking filibuster.’ What that could mean for taxes and more," 17 Mar. 2021 Yet if such efforts are met with intransigence from Congress—a not unlikely event—Biden should take unilateral actions designed to reduce risks and bolster international cooperation. The Editors, Scientific American, "Biden Must Take Immediate Action to Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War," 18 Feb. 2021 But given the intransigence of the Tatmadaw, as the armed forces are known, many are pinning their hopes on a subtler form of resistance, on display in supermarkets and corner stores around the country. The Economist, "Blood money Economic pressure is unlikely to force Myanmar’s junta to retreat," 20 Mar. 2021 The discussion seemed to preview the WHO's impending report, and Daszak attempted to justify the Chinese government’s yearlong intransigence by pointing to alleged anti-China sloganeering, without placing blame on China. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "WHO origins investigator defends Wuhan lab and blames lack of access on ‘anti-China political rhetoric’," 12 Mar. 2021 They were rewarded for all that intransigence first with a big opinion swing against the stimulus and then by a wave election that took back control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "No One’s Buying the Republicans’ Deficit Fearmongering Anymore," 22 Feb. 2021 In Azerbaijan, many blame Armenian intransigence under Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who took power after a revolution in 2018, for pushing Mr. Aliyev to seek to resolve the conflict militarily. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "For Nagorno-Karabakh’s Dueling Sides, Living Together Is ‘Impossible’," 13 Oct. 2020 The vetoing of the package was a regrettable product of legislative intransigence and public skepticism towards the government, which have only been amplified and exacerbated since the seminal vote. Brian Wong, Fortune, "What Hong Kong needs to rebound from two terrible years," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of intransigence

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Intransigence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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