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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stanley Young:

    They were recalcitrant, it was a range of issues. Every time it was something different.

  2. Sinan Ulgen:

    It will be seen as the party that has forced early elections on a recalcitrant Turkish electorate at a time when there are severe challenges, both from the security perspective and also economically, the drawback to this gambit for Erdogan is that if the AK Party ends up losing votes, we may start to see more open dissatisfaction about his influence.

  3. Jessica Vaughan:

    This is a serious problem that has been festering for years, but is getting worse as countries realize that they can get away with just refusing to accept back their citizens who are criminals, what is equally frustrating is that the Obama administration has continuously refused to use the tools that Congress has provided and the leverage that we have with many of the recalcitrant countries, even as the roster of victims from these criminal aliens grows longer every month.

Images & Illustrations of recalcitrant

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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

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