indocile

adjective
in·​doc·​ile | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdä-səl How to pronounce indocile (audio) also -ˌsī(-ə)l, especially British -ˈdō-ˌsīl \

Definition of indocile

: unwilling or indisposed to be taught or disciplined : intractable

Other Words from indocile

indocility \ ˌin-​dä-​ˈsi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indocile (audio) , -​dō-​ \ noun

First Known Use of indocile

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indocile

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

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“Indocile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indocile. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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