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Recalcitrant, adj., n.

Pronunciation: rəˈkalsətrənt

Meaning: This word describes having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline. As a noun, it describes a person in possession of such an attitude.


  • Unfortunately, I was given a class comprised of recalcitrant 15-year-olds.
  • Tommy is a problem child in that he is a sassy recalcitrant who loves instigating trouble.
  • Soldiers who were found to be recalcitrant in following the orders were executed on the spot.

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