from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Stubbornly resistant to or defiant of authority or guidance. synonym: obstinate.
- adjective Difficult to manage or deal with.
- adjective Resistant to chemical decomposition; decomposing extremely slowly.
- noun A recalcitrant person.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Refusing to submit; exhibiting repugnance or opposition; not submissive or compliant; refractory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Kicking back; recalcitrating; hence, showing repugnance or opposition; refractory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Marked by a
stubborn unwillingnessto obey authority.
Unwillingto cooperate socially.
- adjective Difficult to
deal withor to operate.
- noun A person who is recalcitrant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective marked by stubborn resistance to authority
- adjective stubbornly resistant to authority or control
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The term "recalcitrant" reminds me of a time when the Australian Prim Minister Paul Keating referred to Malasia's Prim Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad as recalcitrant.
But one theme that Chávez wove through the entire interview was the resurgence of the "transnational Right" -- or what he calls the recalcitrant right.
Is there, or is there not, a brassbound plot to lead a chthonic jihad against those who oppose Mr. Livingston, organized through the years by what I call recalcitrant bludgers?
GOP is a good party, but some of its candidates have earned the distinction of bein 'recalcitrant and intractable, when it comes to managin' worldly affairs, as observed by us recently.
Angus called his recalcitrant attention back to order.
Citicorp, were once known as recalcitrant supporters of South
The recalcitrant are a minority in all these things.
It was thus that he posed before his council when, finding unexpected opposition, he undertook to impose his will upon them, and recall the recalcitrant members to their duty.
One spending sinkhole can be traced to large medical-equipment suppliers, device makers, and pharmaceutical companies, which government auditors and industry veterans describe as a recalcitrant bunch.
One former Bay Area police officer, speaking anonymously, referred to the OPD as "recalcitrant," when it comes to accepting criticism and making change.