What does recalcitrant mean?

Definitions for recalcitrantrɪˈkæl sɪ trənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word recalcitrant.

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

  2. Origin: [L. recalcitrans, p. pr. of recalcitrare to kick back; pref. re- re- + calcitrare to kick, fr. calx heel. Cf. Inculcate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recalcitrant

    rē-kal′si-trant, adj. showing repugnance or opposition: refractory.—v.i. or (rarely) v.t. Recal′citrate, to show repugnance.—n. Recalcitrā′tion. [L. recalcitrans, -antisre-, back, calcitrāre, -ātum, to kick—calx, calcis, the heel.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recalcitrant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recalcitrant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Images & Illustrations of recalcitrant

  1. recalcitrantrecalcitrantrecalcitrant

Translations for recalcitrant

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • حرونArabic
  • genstridig, stædigDanish
  • trotzig, widerspenstig, störrisch, aufsässig, eigensinnig, bockig, sturGerman
  • recalcitrante, contumazSpanish
  • uppiniskainen, itsepintainenFinnish
  • neuwooiaghManx
  • þverúðarfullur, þrjóskurIcelandic
  • onhandelbaar, koppig, recalcitrant, weerspannig, weerbarstigDutch
  • gjenstridig, trassigNorwegian
  • прочный, стойкий, упорный, непокорныйRussian
  • motspänstig, hårdnackad, enveten, motsträvigSwedish
  • ters, itaat etmez, aksi, söz dinlemez, serkeşTurkish
  • باغیUrdu

Get even more translations for recalcitrant »


Find a translation for the recalcitrant definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these recalcitrant definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"recalcitrant." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 15 Dec. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/recalcitrant>.

Are we missing a good definition for recalcitrant? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for recalcitrant:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.