resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.
hard to deal with, manage, or operate.
a recalcitrant person.
- re·cal·ci·trance, re·cal·ci·tran·cy, noun
- non·re·cal·ci·trance, noun
- non·re·cal·ci·tran·cy, noun
- non·re·cal·ci·trant, adjective
- un·re·cal·ci·trant, adjective
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How to use recalcitrant in a sentence
I was excited to have a pony but disappointed that I couldn’t get near the recalcitrant equine.There’s Always Some Killing You Got to Do On a Farm | Eugene Robinson | October 23, 2020 | Ozy
"They are not changing their mind," Ryan said, referring to Iranian leaders' recalcitrance to curb their program.
Thus the Iranian recalcitrance, and the ensuing cycle of both sides demanding major concessions before offering any reciprocity.
She spelled “recalcitrance,” then “pernicious,” and after a halfhearted debate it was obvious that none of the three had a clue.
The memorandum testifies to the strength of Bruce's hold on the country, and to the recalcitrance of Edward's barons.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
I had not seen him, thanks to my extreme recalcitrance, since the month he spent more than two years ago in London.The Letters of Henry James (volume I) | Henry James
His recalcitrance—she said—was a symptom of his whole attitude; he was taking it lying down.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III. | John Galsworthy
Although critical of his department's performance, McNamara would probably admit that more than simple recalcitrance was involved.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 | Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
I think Oswald justified it by means of his recalcitrance, kind of a reverse self-esteem.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for recalcitrant
not susceptible to control or authority; refractory
a recalcitrant person
- recalcitrance, noun
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