Definitions for recalcitrantrɪˈkæl sɪ trənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•cal•ci•trantrɪˈkæl sɪ trənt(adj.)

  1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant:

    a recalcitrant prisoner.

  2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate.

  3. (n.)a recalcitrant person.

Origin of recalcitrant:

1835–45; < L recalcitrant-, s. of recalcitrāns, prp. of recalcitrāre to kick back



Princeton's WordNet

  1. fractious, refractory, recalcitrant(adj)

    stubbornly resistant to authority or control

    "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"

  2. recalcitrant(adj)

    marked by stubborn resistance to authority

    "the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators"


  1. recalcitrant(Noun)

    A person who is recalcitrant.

  2. recalcitrant(Adjective)

    Marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey authority.

  3. recalcitrant(Adjective)

    Unwilling to cooperate socially.

  4. recalcitrant(Adjective)

    Difficult to deal with or to operate.

  5. Origin: From recalcitrans, present participle of recalcitro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recalcitrant(adj)

    kicking back; recalcitrating; hence, showing repugnance or opposition; refractory


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