from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at unruly.
- n. A recalcitrant person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Kicking back; recalcitrating; hence, showing repugnance or opposition; refractory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Refusing to submit; exhibiting repugnance or opposition; not submissive or compliant; refractory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by stubborn resistance to authority
- adj. stubbornly resistant to authority or control
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)
From Latin recalcitrāns, recalcitrantis, present participle of recalcitrō, recalcitrāre ("be disobedient"). (Wiktionary)