The young teacher tried very hard to properly handle the recalcitrant student.
An example of recalcitrant is a student who constantly defies the teacher in class.
- refusing to obey authority, custom, regulation, etc.; stubbornly defiant
- hard to handle or deal with
Origin of recalcitrantClassical Latin recalcitrans, present participle of recalcitrare, to kick back (in LL, to disobey) from re-, back + calcitrare, to kick from calx, heel: see calcar
- Stubbornly resistant to or defiant of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at obstinate.
- Difficult to manage or deal with: a recalcitrant problem.
- Resistant to chemical decomposition; decomposing extremely slowly.
Origin of recalcitrantLate 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
(comparative more recalcitrant, superlative most recalcitrant)
- A person who is recalcitrant.
From Latin recalcitrÄns, recalcitrantis, present participle of recalcitrÅ, recalcitrÄre (“be disobedient").