recalcitrant(redirected from recalcitrantly)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.
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.
not susceptible to control or authority; refractory
a recalcitrant person
[C19: via French from Latin recalcitrāre, from re- + calcitrāre to kick, from calx heel]
re•cal•ci•trant(rɪˈkæl sɪ trənt)
1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant: a recalcitrant prisoner.
2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate.n.
3. a recalcitrant person.
[1835–45; < Latin recalcitrant-, s. of recalcitrāns, present participle of recalcitrāre to kick back]
re•cal′ci•trance, re•cal′ci•tran•cy, n.
recalcitrant- Comes from Latin recalcitrare, "kick out with the heels," from calx, "heel."
See also related terms for heels.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Adj.||1.||recalcitrant - stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"|
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
|2.||recalcitrant - marked by stubborn resistance to authority; "the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators"|