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recalcitrant

[ri-kal-si-truh nt] /rɪˈkæl sɪ trənt/
adjective
1.
resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.
2.
hard to deal with, manage, or operate.
noun
3.
a recalcitrant person.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Latin recalcitrant- (stem of recalcitrāns, present participle of recalcitrāre to kick back), equivalent to re- re- + calcitr(āre) to strike with the heels, kick (derivative of calx heel) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, noun
nonrecalcitrance, noun
nonrecalcitrancy, noun
nonrecalcitrant, adjective
unrecalcitrant, adjective
Synonyms
1. resistant, rebellious, opposed. See unruly.
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British Dictionary definitions for recalcitrancy

recalcitrant

/rɪˈkælsɪtrənt/
adjective
1.
not susceptible to control or authority; refractory
noun
2.
a recalcitrant person
Derived Forms
recalcitrance, noun
Word Origin
C19: via French from Latin recalcitrāre, from re- + calcitrāre to kick, from calx heel
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Word Origin and History for recalcitrancy
recalcitrant
1843, from Fr. récalcitrant, lit. "kicking back" (17c.-18c.), pp. of recalcitrare "to kick back," from re- "back" + L. calcitrare "to kick," from calx (gen. calcis) "heel." Verb recalcitrate "to kick out" is attested from 1623; sense of "resist obstinately" is from 1759.
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