re·​cal·​ci·​trance | \ ri-ˈkal-sə-trən(t)s How to pronounce recalcitrance (audio) \

Definition of recalcitrance

: the state of being recalcitrant

Examples of recalcitrance in a Sentence

punished her recalcitrance by taking away her driving privileges
Recent Examples on the Web That recalcitrance to discuss matters with the board continued in 2018, according to the report, when regulators began to investigate claims of employee misconduct. Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 Villanueva’s recalcitrance in the face of the vaccine mandate stood in sharp contrast to the position staked out by LAPD Chief Moore. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 In the face of that recalcitrance, some localities (Washington D.C. and most of Texas and California, along with a handful of counties in other states) are just giving cash to tenants if the landlord can’t be reached or won’t participate. Divya Karthikeyan, The New Republic, 1 Oct. 2021 Morawiecki’s recalcitrance crystalized in an interview with the Financial Times over the weekend., 27 Oct. 2021 Members of the commission, meanwhile, have said his recalcitrance is an attempt to flout the body’s oversight powers. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 But as anyone who uses Twitter knows, recalcitrance reigns. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Cruz has resisted [administration assertions] that his recalcitrance is damaging to U.S. national interests and national security. Greg Greene, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 There is a pattern of recalcitrance in her play—of abusive and, occasionally, menacing reactions to officials’ calls. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of recalcitrance

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recalcitrance was in 1856

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“Recalcitrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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