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

Definition of recalcitrance

: the state of being recalcitrant

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Examples of recalcitrance in a Sentence

punished her recalcitrance by taking away her driving privileges

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This isn’t the first time the group has displayed recalcitrance on this question. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Planned Parenthood Exposes Its Dedication to Abortion," 15 Aug. 2019 Too little is made of Tokyo’s atrocities, the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor or the recalcitrance of Japan’s military leaders in the late stages of the war — the catalyst for the deployment of atomic weapons. Time, "What Happened to the Enola Gay After It Dropped the Atomic Bomb," 6 Aug. 2019 But some clues may well lie in those questions Mueller posed to Trump directly — and that Trump finally answered, after 10 months of delay and recalcitrance, shortly before Thanksgiving. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Mueller investigation has gotten closer to Donald Trump," 6 Dec. 2018 On the other hand, polygenic scores might help parents understand that a child’s lack of interest in higher education is not necessarily a sign of recalcitrance or laziness. Robert Plomin, WSJ, "Our Fortunetelling Genes," 15 Nov. 2018 Long-term indulgence of the PLO’s recalcitrance has had the effect of allowing a toxic and reflexive anti-Israel sentiment to build in international institutions, not least among academics and students on U.S. campuses. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Shutting Down the PLO," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of recalcitrance

1856, in the meaning defined above

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concealment of treason or felony

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