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"
- IPA: /ɹĭ.ˈkæl.sɪ.ˌtɹɐ̆nt/
marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey figures of authority
- Russian: непокорный
hard to deal with or operate
- a person who is recalcitrant
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