AskDefine | Define recalcitrant

Dictionary Definition

recalcitrant adj
1 marked by stubborn resistance to and defiant of authority or guidance; "a recalcitrant teenager"; "everything revolves around a refractory individual genius" [syn: refractory]
2 marked by stubborn resistance to authority; "the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators"

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  • IPA: /ɹĭ.ˈkæl.sɪ.ˌtɹɐ̆nt/


  1. marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey figures of authority
  2. hard to deal with or operate

Derived terms


marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey figures of authority
hard to deal with or operate


  1. a person who is recalcitrant

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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