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adj. balk·i·er, balk·i·est
1. Given to stopping and refusing to go on: a balky horse; a balky client.
2. Difficult to operate or start: a balky switch; a balky engine.

balk′i·ness n.
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Noun1.balkiness - likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedlybalkiness - likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedly
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
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Instead, back up a little and work through the balkiness, only quitting on a good note and when you're in the driver's seat.
Many people who have tried out Windows 8 on devices that support touchscreenhave been disappointedby its balkiness and seeming insensitivity to finger swipes.
If the administration had any doubts about China's resentment and balkiness, it lost them when Chinese President Jiang Zemin was finally heard from on Tuesday night.