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 for intractable
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intractable \In*tract"a*ble\, a. [L. intractabilis: cf. F.
     intraitable, formerly also intractable. See In- not, and
     Not tractable; not easily governed, managed, or directed;
     indisposed to be taught, disciplined, or tamed; violent;
     stubborn; obstinate; refractory; as, an intractable child.
     Syn: Stubborn; perverse; obstinate; refractory; cross;
          unmanageable; unruly; headstrong; violent; ungovernable;
          unteachable. -- In*tract"a*ble*ness, n. --
          In*tract"a*bly, adv.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an
             intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most
             intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal" [ant:
             manipulable, tractable]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "intractable":
     adamant, adamantine, beyond control, breachy, bullheaded,
     contumacious, defiant, fractious, headstrong, immovable, immutable,
     incorrigible, indocile, indomitable, inductile, inelastic,
     inextensible, inextensile, inextensional, inflexible,
     insubordinate, insuppressible, intractile, intransigent,
     irrepressible, irresilient, mulish, noncooperating, noncooperative,
     nonelastic, nonstretchable, obstreperous, out of hand,
     pertinacious, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, resistant,
     resisting, restive, self-willed, shrewish, stubborn, tough,
     unalterable, unbending, unbiddable, uncompliant, uncontrollable,
     uncooperative, undisciplined, unextendible, unextensible,
     unflexible, ungiving, ungovernable, unlimber, unmalleable,
     unmanageable, unmoldable, unpliable, unpliant, unruly,
     unsubmissive, untractable, unyielding, wild, willful

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