intractable intractable  /ɪn ˈtræk tə bəl/


  • (adj) not tractable; difficult to manage or mold

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  • While the staff were adamant with their demands, the management was equally intractable and would not climb down from their stated position.


  1. Reader View: Reduced grazing the only way to save the land

    It would be wonderful indeed if some savant emerged from the shadows with an amazing new “fix” for the problem of degradation of public lands from overgrazing of livestock. More than four decades ago, Allan Savory claimed to have such a fix, announcing an enticing, magical new remedy for a seemingly intractable problem. His solution was surprising, even shocking, simple, easily implemented, and ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

  2. Debt

    The issue: Even after a hard-fought deficit-cutting deal in 2011 and a tax-increase measure in January, Washington still has a considerable way to go to wrestle intractable budget deficits under control. The Congressional Budget Office estimates cumulative deficits of roughly $7 trillion over the coming decade and warns "such high and rising debt would have serious consequences," including ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Holland Sentinel

  3. Analysis: U.S. government shutdown battle looms as budget woes fester

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The annual spending bills now working their way through the Congress were supposed to mark a welcome return to fiscal normalcy in Washington. The House of Representatives and Senate are supposed to pass budgets, hash out their differences, then carve up the taxpayers' money. That dream is crashing into the reality of deep and intractable differences between ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "The American military finds itself in an intractable situation ...... America has no choice but to continue our efforts in Iraq," said Sanchez, who works as a consultant training US generals.
    on Oct 12, 2007 By: Ricardo Sanchez Source: Forbes

  2. "He wavers from seeming to believe that mediation and meetings without preconditions can solve some of the world's most intractable problems to advocating rash, unilateral military action without the cooperation of our allies in the most sensitive...
    on Feb 25, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source:

  3. Three months after Democrats took power in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the moment was at hand to "send a message to President Bush that the time has come to find a new way forward in this intractable war."
    on Mar 27, 2007 By: Harry Reid Source: Forbes

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