recalcitrant
[ ri-kal-si-truhnt ]
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Part of SpeechadjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; Latin; from Latin recalcitrant- ‘kicking out with the heels’, from the verb recalcitrare, based on calx, calc- ‘heel’
Synonyms
adjective
obstinatedefiant
Antonyms
adjective
compliantmanageable
Definition
adjectivehaving an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
Examples
adjectiveThe child was recalcitrant and stubborn beyond anything the principal had ever seen.
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