intractability intractability

Definition(s):

  • (n) the trait of being hard to influence or control

Usage(s):

  1. In the end, Cage's failure was occasioned by his own audacity and the intractability of human nature.
  2. In the end, Cage's failure was occasioned by his own audacity and the intractability of human nature.
  3. Despite the present intractability of atavistic conflicts, they may ultimately be mitigated by the transforming promise of economic progress, of a better life, as happened in Europe.

News

  • ‘The Attack’ explores the Israeli/Palestinian divide

    In The Attack , a remarkable, beautifully made film now playing at Landmark Shattuck Theaters , the intractability of the Israeli/Palestinian divide is explored on a heartbreakingly personal level. Amin Jaafari (excellent Ali Suliman of Paradise Now) is a successful Arab surgeon living comfortably in Tel Aviv with his Palestinian-born, social worker wife, Siham (Israeli actor, Reymond Amsalem ...
    on August 13, 2013     Source: Berkeleyside

Quotes

  1. "We can acknowledge that oppression will always be with us, and still strive for justice," Obama said. "We can admit the intractability of depravation, and still strive for dignity. Clear-eyed, we can understand that there will be war, and...
    on Dec 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

  2. Bollywood actor Rahul Bose said: "It would be inconceivable for the mainstream cinema chain to do something like this only because attitudes takes time to change. People like...... you hurl your body against the rock of intractability and stereotype...
    on Apr 23, 2010 By: Rahul Bose Source: Sify

  3. In an Oct. 27, 2001, column titled "How to Lose a War," New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that the Taliban "are proving Viet Cong-like in their intractability."
    on Oct 25, 2006 By: Frank Rich Source: FrontPage magazine.com

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