• WordNet 3.6
    • n intractability the trait of being hard to influence or control
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Intractability The quality of being intractable; intractableness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intractability Same as intractableness.
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In literature:

On March 4, 1773, Lord Dunmore prorogued the intractable House of Burgesses.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
I have subdued more intractable fellows than you.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
When taken young, the vicunas are easily tamed, and become very docile; but when old, they are intractable and malicious.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
But Citizen Broquet proved intractable.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
The disease is most intractable and persistent, and even after disappearing for a time is liable to recur.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Susie may be both sophisticated and intractable, but I await her with joy.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
The intractability of the Lady Jezebel was beyond all bounds.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
The intractable mountaineer, with his refusal to accept the olive-branch, blew Bob out of the room.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Skin affections of all kinds may occur and prove very intractable.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
To the crystal eye of science it is not so much invisible as elusive and intractable.
"" by E.W. Hornung
And what would she do with this intractable situation?
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
His motherless son William, who was destined to give his father great trouble, was growing up, stout, idle, and intractable.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Or weeks or months or years according to the degree of our intractability.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Intractable Manono was a party.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She was as wild as the sea, as intractable as the wind.
"Walladmor:" by Thomas De Quincey
Shorty was in an intractable mood.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
It is for dealing with these intractable moods that Contraposition is required.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
Their mental discontent and moral intractability were proverbial.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
He had been intractable as the animal which supplied his oddly appropriate nickname.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Then the pail on the floor caught his eye to remind him that his intractable wits had again strayed.
"Two Wyoming Girls and Their Homestead Claim" by Carrie L. Marshall

In poetry:

Stings big as drawing pins!
It seems bees have a notion of honor,
A black intractable mind.
Napoleon is pleased, he is pleased with everything.
O Europe! O ton of honey!
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

WASHINGTON — It's one of the most intractable killers you've probably never heard of: Sepsis , an out-of-control reaction to infection that can start shutting down organs in mere hours.
Whoever takes the helm at NARAL have to face intractable political realities.
Recently, considerable focus has been given to the problem of determining the boundary between tractable and intractable planning problems.
Unlike some say, Syria an intractable problem but is not Obama's Rwanda.
Detroit's seemingly intractable financial crisis is bringing to the fore talk about Detroit becoming America's largest city to go bankrupt .
For two centuries, Roosevelt Island has been the place authorities turn when faced with an intractable problem.
As WBEZ special investigations editor, Cate Cahan has doggedly pursued some of Illinois' most intractable issues.
Their positions unwavering, intractably firm.
That promise, which Bill Gates now calls a "fantastic vaccine," has thus far been more of an intractable virus.
Dallas' greatest opportunities and most intractable troubles have long been wound together in the open land and scattered neighborhoods south of the Trinity River.
Like other school districts throughout Clark County, Vancouver Public Schools is mired in seemingly intractable financial difficulties.
Village Voice Media, owner of SF Weekly and 12 other alternative papers, has been looking for a way out of a seemingly intractable bind for some time now.
Rio de Janeiro is becoming a standard-bearer of a new kind of social development, a transformation of the long intractable poverty of the favelas.
Improvements in Assessment and Manipulation Help Scientists Get to the Bottom of Previously Intractable Problems.
As the Syrian government clings to repressive tactics it knows best, the conflict becomes ever more intractable.

In science:

However, the resulting equations contain non-local terms due to the meanflow and are theoretically intractable.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
However, in such situations a much more intractable system of equations and inequalities has to be satisfied (see ), and we were not able to obtain any significant solutions.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
However correlations between these interactions may make the resulting Hamiltonian intractable.
Metastable configurations of spin models on random graphs
Notice however that the numerical sequence (csaw N )N ∈N is not explicitly known for d ≥ 2 hence the model of self-avoiding random walk has been so far intractable.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
N for every N ∈ N — is perfectly well defined although intractable.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
Hermitian operators for these Hamiltonians intractable.
Pseudo-Hermitian Description of PT-Symmetric Systems Defined on a Complex Contour
Markov chain algorithms have been used to solve a variety of previously intractable approximation problems.
Vertex and edge expansion properties for rapid mixing
Johnson, Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness, W. H.
Pseudo-random graphs
Johnson, Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness, Freeman, 1979.
Single-solution Random 3-SAT Instances
Needless to say, this is a hopelessly intractable problem.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
Computer and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness. W. H.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
Johnson, Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-Completeness (Freeman, San Francisco, 1979). P.
Message passing for vertex covers
However, it is possible to approximate the error detection probability using approximation techniques for counting problems . 2.3 Randomised approximation scheme Many enumeration and counting problems are known to be strongly intractable.
Uniform Random Sampling of Traces in Very Large Models
In both cases, we analyse the (intractable) complexity of explicitly building the product of the models corresponding to the modules.
Uniform Random Sampling of Traces in Very Large Models
The intractability of computing the minimum distance of a code.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations