Etymology
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intractable (adj.)

c. 1500, "rough, stormy;" 1540s, "not manageable," from French intractable (15c.) or directly from Latin intractabilis "not to be handled, unmanageable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + tractabilis (see tractable). Related: Intractably.

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Definitions of intractable

intractable (adj.)
not tractable; difficult to manage or mold;
the most intractable issue of our era
intractable metal
intractable pain
an intractable disposition
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