Intractable In*tract"a*ble, a. [L. intractabilis: cf. F. intraitable, formerly also intractable. See {In-} not, and {Tractable}.] Not tractable; not easily governed, managed, or directed; indisposed to be taught, disciplined, or tamed; violent; stubborn; obstinate; refractory; as, an intractable child.

Syn: Stubborn; perverse; obstinate; refractory; cross; unmanageable; unruly; headstrong; violent; ungovernable; unteachable. -- {In*tract"a*ble*ness}, n. -- {In*tract"a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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