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Definition of recalcitrant:

  1. Kicking back; recalcitrating; hence, showing repugnance or opposition; refractory.

Synonyms:

recusant, headstrong, restiff, obstreperous, scratchy, frisky, critical, difficult, incompliant, fidgety, contumacious, untoward, uncontrollable, techy, awkward, cranky, intractable, mulish, rebel, vicious, willful, tetchy, wild, froward, refractory, peckish, testy, delicate, pettish, restless, skittish, intolerable, defiant, restive, petulant, lawless, incontrollable, noncompliant, impossible, order, peevish, fretful, trying, peace, fractious, thorny, control, indocile, impatient, nettlesome, resist, testing, resentful, disorderly, irritable.

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