Definition of recalcitrant adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

recalcitrant

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//rɪˈkælsətrənt//
 
(formal)
 
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unwilling to obey rules or follow instructions; difficult to control a recalcitrant child
recalcitrance
 
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NAmE//rɪˈkælsətrəns//
 
noun [uncountable]
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