- to resist or oppose; show strong objection or repugnance.
Origin of recalcitrate
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Examples from the Web for recalcitrate
Still there are some left who recalcitrate pertinaciously, clinging convulsively with hands and feet to their old ignorance.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Word Origin and History for recalcitrate
"to kick out," 1620s, from Latin recalcitratus, past participle of recalcitrare (see recalcitrant). Sense of "resist obstinately" is from 1759. Related: Recalcitrated; recalcitrating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper