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 (rĕn′ĭ-tənt, rĭ-nīt′nt)
1. Resistant to physical pressure; not pliant.
2. Reluctant to yield or be swayed; recalcitrant.

[Latin renītēns, renītent-, present participle of renītī, to resist : re-, re- + nītī, to press forward.]

ren′i·tence, ren′i·ten·cy n.
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The act of resisting:
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Jurors still expect hysteria, physical bruises, fresh complaint evidence, torn clothes and signs of renitence from victims in order to convict an alleged perpetrator.
If a renitence to cross were causing washups, we would expect to find low mortality on the shoreline.