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renitent

[ri-nahyt-nt, ren-i-tuh nt] /rɪˈnaɪt nt, ˈrɛn ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
resisting pressure; resistant.
2.
persistently opposing; recalcitrant.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Latin renītent- (stem of renītēns), present participle of renītī to resist, equivalent to re- re- + nīt(ī) to strive, make an effort + -ent- -ent
Related forms
renitency, renitence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for renitence

renitent

/rɪˈnaɪtənt; ˈrɛnɪtənt/
adjective (rare)
1.
reluctant; recalcitrant
2.
not flexible
Derived Forms
renitence, renitency, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin renītī to strive afresh, from re- + nītī to endeavour
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