Pronunciation of Intractable
/ɪntɹˈaktəbə͡l/, /ɪntɹˈaktəbə‍l/, /ɪ_n_t_ɹ_ˈa_k_t_ə_b_əl/

Antonyms for intractable:

tractable, pliant, manageable, yielding.

Synonyms for intractable:

Sense 1

insolvable, insupportable, unfeasible, unbridgeable, indocile, insurmountable, ticklish, intolerable, onerous, straitened, messy, insuperable.

Sense 2

impossible, severe, insoluble, testing, thorny, Fiendish, obstreperous, unwieldy.

Sense 3

elusive, hypersensitive, unrelenting, chronic, tricky, inaccessible, gnarly.

Sense 4

disorderly, lawless.

Sense 5


Sense 7

delicate, wild.

Sense 9


Sense 23








Other synonyms and related words:

critical, straitened, unyielding, delicate, unrelenting, resolved, indomitable, resolute, inaccessible, inflexible, recusant, fractious, insuperable, fixed, fidgety, insupportable, persistent, perverse, balking, insoluble, Incontrollable, stubborn, unflinching, heady, obstinate, refractory, severe, grim, impossible, thorny, unwilling, remorseless, hypersensitive, incorrigible, unconquerable, pertinacious, wild, wilful, testing, intolerable, restive, contumacious, chronic, Fiendish, indocile, gray, determined, obstreperous, unwieldy, untoward, balky, unmalleable, lawless, rebel, disorderly, uncontrollable, willful, Incompliant, immovable, obdurate, petulant, decided, mulish, headstrong, froward.

difficult (adjective)

pertinacious, contrary, willful, indocile, fractious, indomitable, wayward, obdurate, perverse, undisciplined, obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable, refractory, recalcitrant, resolute, headstrong, insoluble, mulish, Incompliant, unruly, wild, immovable, ungovernable, unyielding.

disobedient (adjective)

insubordinate, Disregardful, disobedient, mischievous, unmanageable, treacherous, mutinous, factious, rebellious, seditious, subversive, Disobeying, ungovernable, anarchistic, contrary, out of control, treasonous, unruly, traitorous, nonconformist, undisciplined, recalcitrant, disloyal, wayward, Misbehaving, defiant.

fractious (adjective)


insurmountable (adjective)


obstinate (adjective)

willful, mulish, obstinate, refractory.

sullen (adjective)


Sense 2 (noun)

lawless, wild, thorny, impossible, testing, untoward, indocile, fractious, critical, disorderly, delicate, intolerable, obstreperous.

intractable (noun)

balking, refractory, balky, stubborn, uncontrollable, unmanageable, recalcitrant, unmalleable.

Usage examples for intractable:

  • But before the British Government entered on a course which might end in war, if the Transvaal should prove intractable, there were some considerations which it was bound seriously to weigh. - "Impressions of South Africa", James Bryce.
  • The States were more and more intractable. - "History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009.
  • Mr. Atwood was more intractable. - "Without a Home", E. P. Roe.

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