renitent

adjective re·ni·tent \ ˈre-nə-tənt , ri-ˈnī-tᵊnt \

Definition of renitent

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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