The definition of recalcitrant is having behavior that is difficult to deal with and being uncooperative with authority.(adjective)
An example of recalcitrant is a student who constantly defies the teacher in class.
See recalcitrant in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L recalcitrans, prp. of recalcitrare, to kick back (in LL, to disobey) < re-, back + calcitrare, to kick < calx, heel: see calcar
See recalcitrant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Late Latin recalcitrāns, recalcitrant-
Origin: , present participle of recalcitrāre, to be disobedient
Origin: , from Latin, to deny access
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + calcitrāre, to kick (from calx, calc-, heel).
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