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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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As for market balkiness, in contrast to boomers, whose portfolios were goosed by the S&P 500's 15.4% real annualized return between 1985 and 2000, Gen Xers saw returns of only 1.9% from 2000 to 2014, as reported by Noah Smith on Bloomberg View.
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.