verb (used without object), re·cal·ci·trat·ed, re·cal·ci·trat·ing.

to resist or oppose; show strong objection or repugnance.

Nearby words

  1. rec.,
  2. rec. sec.,
  3. recalcification,
  4. recalcitrance,
  5. recalcitrant,
  6. recalculate,
  7. recalesce,
  8. recalescence,
  9. recalibrate,
  10. recall

Origin of recalcitrate

1615–25; < Latin recalcitrātus, past participle of recalcitrāre; see recalcitrant, -ate1

Related formsre·cal·ci·tra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recalcitrate

  • Still there are some left who recalcitrate pertinaciously, clinging convulsively with hands and feet to their old ignorance.

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