- 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: L intractabilis
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- Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn. See Synonyms at unruly.
- Difficult to mold or manipulate: intractable materials.
- Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure: intractable pain.
- in·tracˌta·bilˈi·ty, in·tracˈta·ble·ness noun
- in·tracˈta·bly adverb
intractable - Medical Definition
- Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn.
- Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure.
- intractability noun