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verb (used without object), re·cal·ci·trat·ed, re·cal·ci·trat·ing.
  1. to resist or oppose; show strong objection or repugnance.
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Origin of recalcitrate

1615–25; < Latin recalcitrātus, past participle of recalcitrāre; see recalcitrant, -ate1
Related formsre·cal·ci·tra·tion, noun
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Related Words for recalcitrate

contravene, violate, defy, infringe, evade, flout, ignore, overstep, misbehave, transgress, decline, differ, balk, riot, withstand, disagree, object, revolutionize, desert, resist

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Historical Examples of 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

    Johan Huizinga

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.

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