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
Recent Examples on the Web Republican recalcitrance, which led directly to the president and several other prominent member of his party becoming infected, is another matter entirely. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "Trump's anti-leadership in the pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 Jack’s recalcitrance relates to his lack of faith, but there is another complication. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘Jack’ Review: Far From the Fold," 25 Sep. 2020 His recalcitrance is particularly vexing for Russia and Turkey, which are giving military support to opposing sides. Samer Al-atrush,, "Man Who Cut Libya’s Oil Supply Is Getting Harder to Handle," 29 Apr. 2020 While the Trump campaign has already adopted a bare-knuckled approach to Biden, Sanders's recalcitrance risks hurting the two-term vice president before the general election has even begun. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Bernie Sanders could give Biden headaches through end of primaries," 27 Mar. 2020 Their recalcitrance prefigured, in certain ways, the reflexively libertarian thinking of today. Matt Stoller, Wired, "Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics," 25 Feb. 2020 Kimutai Bosek, the governor’s legal adviser, warns that such recalcitrance could prompt frustrated Kipsigis to take the law into their own hands. The Economist, "A row over who owns Kenya’s land is making life hard for foreign firms," 21 Nov. 2019 Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, later broadened this recalcitrance. The Economist, "On impeachment, Congress struggles with an obstructive president," 10 Oct. 2019 Lieberman’s recalcitrance can be explained on purely tactical grounds. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Israeli Election Is Next Week, and Unprecedented Alliances Are Moving Against Netanyahu," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Oct 2020

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“Recalcitrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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