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[ US /ɹɪˈkæɫsɪtɹənt/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪkˈælsɪtɹənt/ ]
  1. marked by stubborn resistance to authority
    the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators
  2. stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
    a refractory child
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How To Use recalcitrant In A Sentence

  • Faced with difficulties from recalcitrant landowners and political opponents, the scheme eventually necessitated financial rescue by the king himself.
  • The danger is that recalcitrant local authorities will reject their responsibilities.
  • It was only when I was on the second sachet and gleefully exhorting the recalcitrant bubbling cauldron to cleanse thyself, that the Gamekeeper ran in gasping and flung all the windows open. 42 entries from November 2007
  • Each carried a whip and flaming torch with which to chivy both mortal offenders and recalcitrant gods.
  • How else to explain the chronic neglect of a program that effectively fights some of our most pernicious and recalcitrant social problems?
  • To bring in the law as a big stick with which to beat parents of recalcitrant kids implies that there can be no discipline: only punishment.
  • However, water stress interacting with CO2 enhanced the shift of the carbon from the labile pool to recalcitrant pool.
  • Still, getting the cheaper and more recalcitrant companies to comply is a good thing. Nisin. The Milk Derivative You've Never Heard Of
  • A hardened, recalcitrant vegetarian, he didn't fancy either of the main course options open to him and asked instead for the fillet of halibut to be deep-fried and presented with a minted pea purée.
  • This revolutionary change has, not surprisingly, been opposed by many elements that are recalcitrant, those who remain obedient to dogma, to tradition and the heavy legacy of past conditioning. The Continuing Controversy on Abortion
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