recusant, fractious, wild, headstrong, pettish, nettlesome, restive, contumacious, cranky, impossible, resentful, order, trying, noncompliant, rebel, tetchy, restiff, vicious, peckish, thorny, refractory, peevish, mulish, scratchy, testy, untoward, irritable, obstreperous, resist, uncontrollable, frisky, awkward, restless, disorderly, indocile, critical, peace, froward, willful, fidgety, difficult, fretful, incontrollable, testing, control, skittish, incompliant, delicate, petulant, lawless, techy, impatient, intolerable
defiant (part of speech: adjective)
unwilling (part of speech: adjective)
loath, reluctant, balky, unconsenting, uncooperative, resisting, irreconcilable, opposed, unwilling, disinclined, non-consenting, squeamish, unhelpful, indisposed, uncomplying, unyielding, hesitant, averse, noncooperative
disobedient (part of speech: adjective)
disobeying, wayward, anarchistic, disloyal, ungovernable, mischievous, out of control, factious, treacherous, intractable, treasonous, disobedient, mutinous, disregardful, contrary, rebellious, nonconformist, subversive, traitorous, undisciplined, seditious, insubordinate, unmanageable, defiant, misbehaving, unruly
- They are recalcitrant against law and order; every attempt at introducing these is denounced as an attack on their old laws: not that their laws are bad, but that they are badly administered. - "John Knox and the Reformation", Andrew Lang.
- This method has worked with many recalcitrant subjects. - "A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis", Melvin Powers.
- He was justified in disposing of a dangerous and recalcitrant prisoner. - "The Judgment House", Gilbert Parker.