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1. Stubbornly resistant to or defiant of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at obstinate.
2. Difficult to manage or deal with: a recalcitrant problem.
3. Resistant to chemical decomposition; decomposing extremely slowly.
A recalcitrant person.

[Late Latin recalcitrāns, recalcitrant-, present participle of recalcitrāre, to be disobedient, from Latin, to deny access : re-, re- + calcitrāre, to kick (from calx, calc-, heel).]

re·cal′ci·trance, re·cal′ci·tran·cy n.
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Noun1.recalcitrancy - the trait of being unmanageablerecalcitrancy - the trait of being unmanageable  
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control


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The extreme recalcitrancy of this species has precluded the generation of haploid or DH tomato plants by the more conventional route of microspore embryogenesis, and only limited success has been reported in the induction of the first sporophytic divisions from isolated microspores (Dao & Shamina, 1978; Segui-Simarro & Nuez, 2007; Varghese & Gulshan, 1986).
If MPs are more likely to break ranks because of their leader's recalcitrancy in handing over power, or perceived wish to cement his legacy, it's an unhealthy period for democracy.
But the Estonian authorities fully understood that with the aid of Poland's recalcitrancy the notion of the Eastern Pact would come to nought.