recalcitrant
[ ri-kal-si-truhnt ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; Latin from Latin recalcitrant- ‘kicking out with the heels’, from the verb recalcitrare, based on calx, calc- ‘heel’
Synonyms
  • obstinate
  • defiant
Antonyms
  • compliant
  • manageable
Definition
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
Example
The child was recalcitrant and stubborn beyond anything the principal had ever seen.
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