American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at unruly.
- n. A recalcitrant person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Refusing to submit; exhibiting repugnance or opposition; not submissive or compliant; refractory.
- adj. Marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey authority.
- adj. Unwilling to cooperate socially.
- adj. Difficult to deal with or to operate.
- n. A person who is recalcitrant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Kicking back; recalcitrating; hence, showing repugnance or opposition; refractory.
- adj. marked by stubborn resistance to authority
- adj. stubbornly resistant to authority or control
- From Latin recalcitrāns, recalcitrantis, present participle of recalcitrō, recalcitrāre ("be disobedient"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin recalcitrāns, recalcitrant-, present participle of recalcitrāre, to be disobedient, from Latin, to deny access : re-, re- + calcitrāre, to kick (from calx, calc-, heel). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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