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recalcitrant - Dictionary definition and meaning for word recalcitrant

(adj) stubbornly resistant to authority or control
Synonyms : fractious , refractory
Example Sentence
  • a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
  • a refractory child

(adj) marked by stubborn resistance to authority
Example Sentence
  • the University suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recalcitrant

re+calcit(looks like calcite)+rant...as we know calcite is a hard mineral found in calcium carbonate which forms the major part of rocks, chalk and marble, is hard to break and likewise a recalcitrant person is also stubborn.
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by preetisoni2411

re+calci(calculator->calculate)+trant....so imagine a person who has made a mistake in calculations using a calci and is unwilling to re-calculate...it shows he is STUBBORN
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by imajeeth

recalcitant : recall+reluctant..boss asked me to call ad guy again but i didn't obey him,i was reluctant.(unwilling to obey)
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recalcitrant= try RECALling CITRic acid from chemistry but it is so STUBBORN not able to recal it...
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by padma srita

Think "Recalc it Rant" or someone who does not want to recalculate anything
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by Yank

calcis are not allowed in exams. but imaging a person smuggling them in even though he has been punished before
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by friendofafriend

Real + Ca(Hindi) + Irritant => Recalcitrant. Means those who irritate authority by resisting them again and again
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by vocabIsFun

and any one who resist to authority is consisdered as disobedient person
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by preetisoni2411

Rec And Al are two shitting(Cit) ant and rat(Rant) and are difficult to control and manage,and they are stubborn too
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by laaptu

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by preetisoni2411

recalcitrant = recal(recall)+ cit(site) + rant(rent); need recall to please the minister over telephone to get the site in rent as he is stubborn in any matter wants proper clarification.
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by shaktipada

reluctant to sit
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by roozbeh33

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