Renitent definition

rĕnĭ-tənt, rĭ-nītnt
Opposing stubbornly; recalcitrant.
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Resistant to physical pressure; not pliant.
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Reluctant to yield or be swayed; recalcitrant.
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Resisting pressure; resistant.
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The dam, which had been renitent for decades, finally collapsed.

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Origin of renitent

  • Latin renītēns renītent- present participle of renītī to resist re- re- nītī to press forward

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition