Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: intractable

Definition: unruly; difficult to manage; Ex. intractable problem/child


Sentences Containing 'intractable'

An intractable legal problem had arisen in relation to cases where a child or vulnerable adult cared for by two people dies as a result of ill-treatment.
As a metric for effectiveness, Scott Karp suggests, CE is the solution to the same intractable problems that have long been a struggle for old media: how to prove value.
Carcetti's decision to reject the governor's bailout leaves him with intractable budget problems.
During intractable civic quarrels, a podestà might be established, housed in a separate structure, the "Palazzo del Podestà", of which only the Loggia added by Braccio da Montone flanking the Cathedral of San Lorenzo e San Ercolano remains.
For either unto God or man, whatsoever it is that doth happen in the world hath in the ordinary course of nature its proper reference; neither is there anything, that in regard of nature is either new, or reluctant and intractable, but all things both usual and easy.
He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
He was, too, very learned, and rational enough on all points which did not relate to his treasure; but on that, indeed, he was intractable.''
Its epidural use for pain during heart attack, postoperative and intractable pain has also been studied extensively.
Peptic ulcer disease may be intractable and complicated.
Percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or PENS, is used mainly in the treatment of intractable pain associated with chronic low back pain syndrome, cancer, and other disorders.
The attacks are said by those affected to feel like stabbing electric shocks, burning, pressing, crushing, exploding or shooting pain that becomes intractable.
The monotheistic rigor of Judaism posed difficulties for Roman policy that led at times to compromise and the granting of special exemptions, but sometimes to intractable conflict. In the wake of the Republic's collapse, state religion had adapted to support the new regime of the emperors.
The obstinate and intractable qualities of matter, we are told, or the observance of general laws, or some such reason, is the sole cause, which controlled the power and benevolence of Jupiter, and obliged him to create mankind and every sensible creature so imperfect and so unhappy.
The princes of the house of Stuart sometimes employed the like means in order to influence some of the members of the parliament of England, and they generally found them equally intractable.
There is nothing more intractable.--"My resolve is fixed!"--Why so madman say too; but the more firmly they believe in their delusions, the more they stand in need of treatment.
They did not consider that the value of those metals has, in all ages and nations, arisen chiefly from their scarcity, and that their scarcity has arisen from the very small quantities of them which nature has anywhere deposited in one place, from the hard and intractable substances with which she has almost everywhere surrounded those small quantities, and consequently from the labour and expense which are everywhere necessary in order to penetrate, and get at them.
This is his answer to such thinkers as Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas who believe that participants in such debates do not share enough common ground to prevent their arguments from being intractable.

More Vocab Words

::: lethargic - drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity
::: dauntless - bold; fearless
::: magistrate - official with power to administer the law
::: discourse - serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.
::: furrow - long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.
::: flora - plants of a region or era
::: gruesome - grisly; horrible
::: gadfly - animal-biting fly; irritating person
::: clapper - striker (tongue) of a bell
::: ruthless - pitiless; merciless; cruel