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Resistant to authority or discipline; recalcitrant.

in′do·cil′i·ty (ĭn′dŏ-sĭl′ĭ-tē, -dō-) n.


difficult to discipline or instruct
indocility n


(ɪnˈdɒs ɪl)

not willing to receive teaching or discipline; fractious; unruly.
[1595–1605; < Latin indocilis. See in-3, docile]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.indocile - of personsindocile - of persons; "the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly"
difficult, unmanageable - hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"




adj (form) (difficult to teach) → ungelehrig; (= insubordinate)unfügsam
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As an animal, Matilda was all right, full of life, vigour, and activity; as an intelligent being, she was barbarously ignorant, indocile, careless and irrational; and, consequently, very distressing to one who had the task of cultivating her understanding, reforming her manners, and aiding her to acquire those ornamental attainments which, unlike her sister, she despised as much as the rest.
Placing himself in the "zone of indeterminacy" that is open to the Yahoos on the one end--but forever closed to them, for they are "the most restive and indocile" (Swift 2002, 228)--and to the Houyhnhnms on the other end, Gulliver establishes that it is his "natural Propensity" to traverse the distance to reach the realm of "Reason and Virtue" in which the Houyhnhnms reside.
Sometimes dazzling, the poem happens: "Bright dawn on the sht house," to put it in the words of a verse by Ezra Pound, whom Santiago Papasquiaro really enjoyed (he used it as a title in at least a couple of texts); sometimes there's only babble while waiting for a miracle; but his work is always defiant in its indocile purity, and despite the years it remains unreachable, excessive, unstable, suspicious, rebellious.
Nos jours se succedent comme les pensums d'un collegien indocile et nous attendons les fins de mois comme la delivrance ephemere de nos angoisses.
Paru aux editions Stock, le roman (216 pages) raconte l'histoire d'une femme frondeuse et libre indocile qui a ete jugee, condamnee et va etre lapidee.
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