- The definition of recalcitrant is having behavior that is difficult to deal with and being uncooperative with authority.
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 Late Latin 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 recalcitrāns, recalcitrantis, present participle of recalcitrō, recalcitrāre (“be disobedient”).