Meaning of intractable

in•trac•ta•ble

Pronunciation: (in-trak'tu-bul), [key]
— adj.
  1. not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn; obstinate: an intractable disposition.
  2. (of things) hard to shape or work with: an intractable metal.
  3. hard to treat, relieve, or cure: the intractable pain in his leg.
—n.
  1. an intractable person.
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