- The definition of intractable is not easily controlled or hard to work.
An example of intractable used as an adjective is an intractable clay which means clay that is difficult to shape.
- hard to manage; unruly or stubborn
- hard to work, manipulate, cure, treat, etc.
Origin of intractableClassical Latin intractabilis
- a. Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition: an intractable conflict; an intractable dilemma.b. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure: intractable pain; intractable depression.
- Difficult to persuade or keep under control, as in behavior: “Bullheaded enough when he was cold sober, he was intractable after a few drinks” (John Grisham). See Synonyms at obstinate.
- Difficult to mold or manipulate: intractable materials.
- in·trac′ta·bil′i·ty, in·trac′ta·ble·ness
(comparative more intractable, superlative most intractable)