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Word of the Day 03/03/15 Recalcitrant

Recalcitrant (adjective, noun)
recalcitrant [ri-kal-si-truh nt]


adjective
1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.
2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate.

noun
3. a recalcitrant person.

Synonyms
1. resistant, rebellious, opposed. See unruly.

Origin: 1835-45; < Latin recalcitrant- (stem of recalcitrāns, present participle of recalcitrāre to kick back), equivalent to re- re- + calcitr (āre) to strike with the heels, kick (derivative of calx heel) + -ant- -ant

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