Sunday, March 12, 2000
recalcitrant adjective [rih-KAL-sih-truhnt] Stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
Definitions for recalcitrant
- Stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
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Citations for recalcitrant
If they lingered too long, Clarice hurried them along in the same annoyed way she rushed recalcitrant goats through the gate.
Even then it took a sympathetic bankruptcy judge to convince a group of recalcitrant lenders that it was in their best interest to drop their opposition.
Origin of recalcitrant
Recalcitrant derives from Latin recalcitrare, "to kick back," from re-, "back" + calcitrare, "to strike with the heel, to kick," from calx, calc-, "the heel."