renitent

[ ri-nahyt-nt, ren-i-tuhnt ]
/ rɪˈnaɪt nt, ˈrɛn ɪ tənt /

adjective

resisting pressure; resistant.
persistently opposing; recalcitrant.

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Origin of renitent

1695–1705; <Latin renītent- (stem of renītēns), present participle of renītī to resist, equivalent to re-re- + nīt(ī) to strive, make an effort + -ent--ent

OTHER WORDS FROM renitent

re·ni·ten·cy, re·ni·tence, noun

Words nearby renitent

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British Dictionary definitions for renitent

renitent
/ (rɪˈnaɪtənt, ˈrɛnɪtənt) /

adjective rare

reluctant; recalcitrant
not flexible

Derived forms of renitent

renitence or renitency, noun

Word Origin for renitent

C18: from Latin renītī to strive afresh, from re- + nītī to endeavour
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