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)
From in- + tractable