re·​cal·​ci·​trance | \ri-ˈkal-sə-trən(t)s \

Definition of recalcitrance 

: the state of being recalcitrant

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punished her recalcitrance by taking away her driving privileges

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After all of these incidents, immigration hard-liners in Congress — and far-right White House adviser Stephen Miller — guided Trump back toward recalcitrance. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Leaked Memo Shows White House Doesn’t Really Want a Dreamer Deal," 19 Jan. 2018 Nonetheless, Hedilla and a small minority of activists, while not rebelling overtly, manifested their recalcitrance. Jesús Palacios, Slate Magazine, "How Franco tailored fascism to his country by stealing from every major political movement.," 9 Feb. 2017 Upon his return to Washington, Gilmore presented Lincoln with a report of Davis’s recalcitrance. Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, "A Half a Dozen Battles," 10 Oct. 2017 Over the years, Zeidel’s recalcitrance melted away. Matthew Shaer, Smithsonian, "The Holocaust’s Great Escape," 29 Mar. 2017 Eventually, weighing the benefits for residents of reduced noise against the owner’s recalcitrance to reduce hours, the council voted in favor of the owner’s proposal, 4-2-1. Greg Mellen, Orange County Register, "Late-night alcohol service approved for downtown Huntington Beach restaurants," 18 Apr. 2017 Spicer would seem to represent another effort to highlight the unusual nature of the White House press shop's recent recalcitrance. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "CNN sent a courtroom sketch artist to cover a White House press briefing," 23 June 2017 Saul on the other hand, is another story, and his recalcitrance makes the show compelling for much the same reason. Patrick Cooley,, "'Better Call Saul' on AMC: is this the show's best season?," 12 June 2017 Luke Kemp, a climate policy expert at Australian National University, suggests that other countries might choose to redouble their pursuit of cleaner energy in the face of recalcitrance from the Trump administration. Brad Plumer, New York Times, "Q. & A.: The Paris Climate Accord," 31 May 2017

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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