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
The partial oil ban is meaningful because it is something where nothing was before, and because getting recalcitrant and pro-Kremlin Hungary to agree to anything is remarkable.Putin Still Holds the Cards When It Comes to Global Energy | Suriya Jayanti | June 18, 2022 | Time
For especially recalcitrant cases, some resort to the elemental diet, a liquid formula of predigested nutrients that gives the digestive tract a break, starving the bacteria or archaea in the process.
If he refuses then the captain is empowered to arrest the recalcitrant persons.The Philippines’ Duterte has put the unvaccinated on a hard lockdown | Aurora Almendral | January 7, 2022 | Quartz
Pathological patterns like these typically emerge from a complex constellation of forces that align and feed each other in ways that make them unpredictable and recalcitrant.Half the U.S. Believes Another Civil War Is Likely. Here Are the 5 Steps We Must Take to Avoid That | Peter T. Coleman | January 6, 2022 | Time
Materials documenting how to grow the recalcitrant orange fungus were essentially nonexistent in the English language until Padilla-Brown published his first cultivation guide in 2017.
The first hint of the double-toilet-style operations issues came as the recalcitrant fifth Olympic ring refused to open.Sochi’s Impenetrable, Utterly Russian Opening Ceremony | Kelly Williams Brown | February 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The issue of the recalcitrant National Guards is being worked at very high levels,” he said.States Seek to Turn Back Clock on Military Gay Couples With Marriage Rights | Hanqing Chen | November 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is ample precedent in history for change being forced upon recalcitrant organizations from the outside.
These willfully ignorant, recalcitrant obstructionists are doing the country a tremendous service.Red States Respond To Obamacare With Angry Tea-Party Denial | Joe McLean | March 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Shame and ostracism are not guaranteed to be effective; like the recalcitrant husband, Israel may indeed dig in.
However, we always hope the next will prove less recalcitrant; in which faith we advance trembling.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Gloria looked around at those who remained recalcitrant and concentrated her gaze on Stevens.The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt
It was from this Ireland of the darkness that the recalcitrant Ireland of the twentieth century arose.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
These heartening recollections made me forget the loss of Twist, the recalcitrant cow, and the dilemma that confronted me.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail | Ezra Meeker
In most instances the recalcitrant part of the provincial populations prevailed.
British Dictionary definitions for recalcitrant
not susceptible to control or authority; refractory
a recalcitrant person
- recalcitrance, noun
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