renitent

adjective
re·​ni·​tent | \ ˈre-nə-tənt How to pronounce renitent (audio) , ri-ˈnī-tᵊnt \

Definition of renitent

1 : resisting physical pressure
2 : resisting constraint or compulsion : recalcitrant

First Known Use of renitent

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for renitent

French or Latin; French rénitent, from Latin renitent-, renitens, present participle of reniti to resist, from re- + niti to strive — more at nisus

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“Renitent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renitent. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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