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Definition difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
  • What do you think is the most intractable issue of our era?
intractable = difficult
  • intractable pain
  • an intractable disposition
  • intractable metal
  • He has a sullen, rebellious spirit; a violent temper; and an untoward, intractable disposition.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • Maybe your work would improve if your general attitude were more tractable.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • tractable = easily managed
  • the intractable ferocity of his captive
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • intractable = difficult to manage or control
  • He had not the most tractable pupils, however.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • tractable = easily managed
  • Nathaniel, for all his intractable habits, has nothing on me when it comes to...
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • intractable = difficult
  • if he were trying to explain it to an intractable and unpredictable child:
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • intractable = difficult to manage or control
  • thou shalt find me tractable to any honest reason
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • tractable = easily managed
  • ...which generally makes for a criminal and intractable nature.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • intractable = difficult to manage or control
  • for he held a tractable, well-broken horse as unworthy of a lad of spirit.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • tractable = easily managed
  • If thou dost find him tractable to us,
    Encourage him, and tell him all our reasons:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • tractable = easily managed
  • By dark he'd ridden eleven of the sixteen horses. Not all of them so tractable.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • tractable = easy to manage or control
  • Bulls which had always been tractable suddenly turned savage,
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • tractable = easy to manage or control
  • In order to render me more tractable, he brought me to this country house.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • tractable = easily managed
  • The question of race was like the power of the moon in my house..., but it was a silent power, intractable, indomitable, indisputable, and thus completely ignorable.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • intractable = difficult
  • tractable obedience
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • tractable = easily managed
  • This is to say that just as Wild Country becomes tractable, and Badlands country slowly gives way to habitable Fringes country, so, it would seem, are the Blacklands contracting within the Badlands.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
tractable = easily managed

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