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1 given to resisting authority or another's control
  • the manager worried that the recalcitrant employee would try to undermine his authority

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2 given to resisting control or discipline by others
  • a heart-to-heart talk with the recalcitrant youth revealed that he had a troubled life at home

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unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong mean not submissive to government or control. unruly implies lack of discipline or incapacity for discipline and often connotes waywardness or turbulence of behavior. unruly children ungovernable implies either an escape from control or guidance or a state of being unsubdued and incapable of controlling oneself or being controlled by others. ungovernable rage intractable suggests stubborn resistance to guidance or control. intractable opponents of the hazardous-waste dump refractory stresses resistance to attempts to manage or to mold. special schools for refractory children recalcitrant suggests determined resistance to or defiance of authority. acts of sabotage by a recalcitrant populace willful implies an obstinate determination to have one's own way. a willful disregard for the rights of others headstrong suggests self-will impatient of restraint, advice, or suggestion. a headstrong young cavalry officer

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The first known use of recalcitrant was in 1843

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“Recalcitrant.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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