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recalcitrant

adjective re·cal·ci·trant \ri-ˈkal-sə-trənt\

: stubbornly refusing to obey rules or orders

Full Definition of RECALCITRANT

1
:  obstinately defiant of authority or restraint
2
a :  difficult to manage or operate
b :  not responsive to treatment
c :  resistant <this subject is recalcitrant both to observation and to experiment — G. G. Simpson>
recalcitrant noun

Examples of RECALCITRANT

  1. <the manager worried that the recalcitrant employee would try to undermine his authority>
  2. <a heart-to-heart talk with the recalcitrant youth revealed that he had a troubled life at home>
  3. But Smith managed to rally and to learn, through trial and error, how to milk what he needed out of an often recalcitrant medical system. —Gina Kolata, New York Times Book Review, 7 Sep. 1997

Origin of RECALCITRANT

Late Latin recalcitrant-, recalcitrans, present participle of recalcitrare to be stubbornly disobedient, from Latin, to kick back, from re- + calcitrare to kick, from calc-, calx heel
First Known Use: 1843

recalcitrant

adjective re·cal·ci·trant \ri-ˈkal-sə-trənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RECALCITRANT

:  not responsive to treatment <severe recalcitrant psoriasis> <recalcitrant warts>

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