in·​doc·​ile (ˌ)in-ˈdä-səl How to pronounce indocile (audio)
 also  -ˌsī(-ə)l,
 especially British  -ˈdō-ˌsīl
: unwilling or indisposed to be taught or disciplined : intractable
indocility noun

Word History


Middle French, from Latin indocilis, from in- + docilis docile

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indocile was in 1603

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“Indocile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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