Definition of intransigent
: characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an often extreme position or attitude : uncompromising intransigent in their opposition an intransigent attitude
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Examples of intransigent in a Sentence
He has remained intransigent in his opposition to the proposal.
he has remained intransigent, refusing all suggestions for improvement of the process
Recent Examples of intransigent from the Web
But on the other, a little less of the spotlight could help intransigent lawmakers come to terms on the thorniest legislative issue before them.
Some of us prefer to cast ourselves as the victim of events, using stories of injuries and affronts to dodge tougher issues, including the deep, intransigent weirdness of simply being female.
Few on the Democratic side of the aisle would begrudge Obama a break after eight exhausting years battling an intransigent Republican Party.
Prepare to see Republicans get a lot quieter and more cooperative, and the obstreperous forces on the left to get angrier and more intransigent.
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Did You Know?
English speakers borrowed "intransigent" in the 19th century from Spanish intransigente ("uncompromising"), itself a combination of the familiar prefix in- ("not") and "transigente" ("willing to compromise"). "Transigente" comes from the Spanish verb transigir ("to compromise"), which in turn comes from Latin transigere ("to come to an agreement"). The French have a similar verb, "transiger," which also means "to compromise." You may wonder if the word transigent exists in English, and the answer is "not really." It has seen occasional use, but it is not well established. There is, however, one other common English word that traces from Latin transigere: transact, meaning "to conduct (business)."
INTRANSIGENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intransigent for English Language Learners
: completely unwilling to change : very stubborn
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