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Monday, April 08, 2002

Definitions for recalcitrant

  1. Stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.

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Citations for recalcitrant
If they lingered too long, Clarice hurried them along in the same annoyed way she rushed recalcitrant goats through the gate. Kaye Gibbons, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon
Even then it took a sympathetic bankruptcy judge to convince a group of recalcitrant lenders that it was in their best interest to drop their opposition. , New York Times
Origin of recalcitrant
Recalcitrant derives from Latin recalcitrare, "to kick back," from re-, "back" + calcitrare, "to strike with the heel, to kick," from calx, calc-, "the heel."