Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resistant to physical pressure; not pliant.
  • adjective Reluctant to yield or be swayed; recalcitrant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Resisting pressure or the effect of it; acting against impulse by elastic force.
  • Persistently opposing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Resisting pressure or the effect of it; acting against impulse by elastic force.
  • adjective Persistently opposed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective resistant to physical pressure; unyielding
  • adjective resistant to compulsion; recalcitrant

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin renītēns, renītent-, present participle of renītī, to resist : re-, re- + nītī, to press forward.]

Examples

  • My eyes had grown so used to the dark in those watches of wandering through the entrails of the ship that, faint though the gleam shone, I could see the renitent surface under my feet and the mossy walls about me; I sheathed my knife then, and ran.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • The gruesome deaths of the five Foke jarred him into the itchy, gummy, renitent physicality of his body.

    In Other Worlds

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  • renitent – resisting physical pressure; resisting constraint or compulsion: recalcitrant

    July 26, 2008