A Word A Day : Intractable

Friday, 24th August 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : (in-trak'te-bel)

1. Difficult to manage or govern

2. Difficult to mold or manipulate

3. To play (a card) as a finesse

4. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure

5. Not submitting to discipline or control

6. Boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

7. Not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

8. Tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield


1. disorderly

2. wild

3. untoward

4. unruly

5. unmanageable

6. ungovernable

7. undisciplined

8. uncontrollable

9. refractory

10. recalcitrant

11. obstreperous

12. obstinate

13. lawless

14. indocile

15. fractious

16. stubborn


1. tractable

2. docile

3. controllable

4. manageable

Contextual Example:

• The intractable child was a torment to his nursery school teacher.

• Bill was intractable in his opposition to pay increases for the library employees. He swore he would never vote to give them a raise.

• The disease was intractable. None of the dozens of medicines the doctor tried had the slightest effect on it.

Related Words:

Intractability, Intractableness : Nouns

Intractably : Adverb

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