[ri-nahyt-nt, ren-i-tuh nt]


resisting pressure; resistant.
persistently opposing; recalcitrant.

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
Related formsre·ni·ten·cy, re·ni·tence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for renitent


adjective rare

reluctant; recalcitrant
not flexible
Derived Formsrenitence or renitency, noun

Word Origin for renitent

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