Definition of intractable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈtræktəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtræktəbl//
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(of a problem or a person) very difficult to deal with Unemployment was proving to be an intractable problem. There was no pleasing this intractable man. opposite tractable Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin intractabilis, from in- ‘not’ + tractabilis (from tractare ‘to handle’, frequentative of trahere ‘draw’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intractable