intransigent

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adjective in·tran·si·gent \in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jənt, -ˈtran-zə\

Definition of intransigent

  1. :  characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an often extreme position or attitude :  uncompromising intransigent in their opposition an intransigent attitude

intransigent

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intransigently

adverb

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Examples of intransigent in a Sentence

  1. He has remained intransigent in his opposition to the proposal.

  2. he has remained intransigent, refusing all suggestions for improvement of the process

Recent Examples of intransigent from the Web

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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)."

Origin and Etymology of intransigent

Spanish intransigente, from in- + transigente, present participle of transigir to compromise, from Latin transigere to come to an agreement — more at transact


INTRANSIGENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of intransigent for English Language Learners

  • : completely unwilling to change : very stubborn



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