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Short Definition : disobedient or resisting authority even after being punished; obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly; Ex. recalcitrant child

(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.

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

recalcitant : recall+reluctant..boss asked me to call ad guy again but i didn't obey him,i was reluctant.(unwilling to obey)

recalcitrant= try RECALling CITRic acid from chemistry but it is so STUBBORN not able to recal it...

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

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

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

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

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

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.

reluctant to sit


Short Definition : disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error; Ex. recant one's faith/a statement

(verb) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
Example Sentence
  • He retracted his earlier statements about his religion
  • She abjured her beliefs
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recant

RE (again) + CANT (cannot) = "I have told you this AGAIN and AGAIN, it CANNOT be done, it has been REJECTED."

re + chant(sing): singing/telling again. what?? telling what i told earlier is wrong wrong!!

re+cant telling that it cant which means it is wrong and DISAVOWED, DISCLAIMED

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RECANT = when you REspond i CAN´T say it again, you're recanting what you've said before.

recant means to publicly take back. DECANT means to pour out.RECANT means to pour in back..that is to take back and confess.

RAJANIKANT.....actor....in his movies, when a criminal sees him, the criminal RECANTS after he is injured by RAJNIKANT

When u recant something, u simply cant refrain from recalling and correcting what u said earlier.

when we decant, we make something pure...

RECANT=RECOUNT...when uapply for recount en pass..then already establishedfact that u failed...is put down!!

RECANT=RECOUNT...when uapply for recount en pass..then already establishedfact that u failed...is put down!!

becoz of "cant" i.e military pressure this cant be done or formaly rejected

As Decant is to empty.. similarly recant is to fill back again .. or we may say that we are taking in wht was decanted before..

Re+cant=Reet(hindu religious law) cant be accepted.So i reject it.

Re earlier said he Wreck Ant but now Re can't??


Short Definition : summarize

(verb) summarize briefly
Synonyms : recap
Example Sentence
  • Let's recapitulate the main ideas
(verb) repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life Definition
(verb) repeat an earlier theme of a composition
Synonyms : repeat reprise reprize
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recapitulate

sounds like recap....if you have noticed , whenever you watch a serial ,before it starts they always give the recap of what happened the previous day,..in other words they repeat what already has been shown but in a concise form.


Short Definition : reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again

(verb) cast again, in a different role
Example Sentence
  • He was recast as Iago
(verb) cast again
Synonyms : remold remould
Example Sentence
  • The bell cracked and had to be recast
(verb) cast or model anew
Synonyms : reforge remodel
Example Sentence
  • She had to recast her image to please the electorate in her home state
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recast

re(again)+cast( to form)....and recasting something means, to bring a change in the existing form and presenting it again.

re(again)+cast(taking character in film)=when we recast the characters in film in effect we have to reconstruct story,dailogue of film


Short Definition : quick or willing to receive (ideas, suggestions, etc.); Ex. receptive to the proposal

(adj) open to arguments, ideas, or change
Example Sentence
  • receptive to reason and the logic of facts
(adj) ready or willing to receive favorably
Synonyms : open
Example Sentence
  • receptive to the proposals
(adj) of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
Synonyms : centripetal sensory
Example Sentence
  • sensory neurons
(adj) able to absorb liquid (not repellent)
Example Sentence
  • the paper is ink-receptive
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for receptive

in the reception the girl must b receptive

one who accept something easily.

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rece(recieve)+tive(in telugu ivvu..)....u give ideas a recieve them


Short Definition : pause; temporary cessation; alcove; secret inner place; Ex. parliament in recess; V. CF. recessive

(noun) a state of abeyance or suspended business
Synonyms : deferral
(noun) a small concavity
Synonyms : corner niche recession
(noun) an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
Synonyms : inlet
(noun) an enclosure that is set back or indented
Synonyms : niche
(noun) a pause from doing something (as work)
Synonyms : break respite time out
Example Sentence
  • we took a 10-minute break
  • he took time out to recuperate
(verb) put into a recess
Example Sentence
  • recess lights
(verb) make a recess in
Example Sentence
  • recess the piece of wood
(verb) close at the end of a session
Synonyms : adjourn break up
Example Sentence
  • The court adjourned
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recess

recess,sounds like resession which remainds a session yet to come after some break


Short Definition : withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity

(noun) the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year Definition
(noun) a small concavity
Synonyms : corner niche recess
(noun) the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service
Synonyms : recessional
(noun) the act of ceding back
Synonyms : ceding back
(noun) the act of becoming more distant
Synonyms : receding
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recession

taken from..Latin cession which is made from cedere means to withdraw......to yield.....so words like depression , recession, concession, secession.and all of these have the cession..means to yield something less or withdarw...in some or other way...

split it like..re(means again)+cession..(sounds like session)....so a SESSION OF political party has AGAIN started after the WITHDRAWAL FROM NATIONAL party.

recession (re+cease) <-> regression (re+gather)


Short Definition : habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist

(noun) habitual relapse into crime
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for recidivism

=re (back to) + CID (crime investigation department) = back to crime

re+CIDIVISM consider the second part, if you see suicide,homicide etc all will end up with cide which is bad, CRIME

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re- "back" + cidivism......cid/cad=I fall)....falling back.....to something..again..or reoccurring......so recidivism... is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior..nothing but habitual relapse of crime.

recidivism = recidi (recede) + divism -> prism -> prison ... a phenomenon that does not allow to recede(pull bak) from goin to prison

Racism is the crime

Racism is a crime and no matter how much you punish, it always keeps coming back to the criminal.

RACE+DIVISIM.....people who divide people on the basis of race relapse into racedivism

Recidivist was pirating CD’s (RE ) again

Recidivist was pirating CD’s (RE ) again

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