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re·cal·ci·trant  audio  (r-kls-trnt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance. See Synonyms at unruly.
NOUN:
A recalcitrant person.

ETYMOLOGY:
Late Latin recalcitrns, recalcitrant- present participle of recalcitrre, to be disobedient, from Latin, to deny access : re-, re- + calcitrre, to kick (from calx, calc-, heel)

OTHER FORMS:
re·calci·trance or re·calci·tran·cy(Noun)


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