Definition of recalcitrant in English:
- The Commissioner's powers to approve, audit and discipline recalcitrant players are uncertain in the Bill.
- At the same time, he did not mind appealing to the council to discipline recalcitrant citizens who played tennis in the town square while he was preaching on Sunday.
- Residents' associations should be authorised to fine recalcitrant drivers who do not turn up at fixed timings.
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- By using ‘enhanced co-operation’, the regime can be standardised in most of the EU, bypassing recalcitrants such as the Irish Republic, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia and Britain.
- ‘If there are recalcitrants,’ he suggests, ‘you kick them out of the index.’
- He rushes to say that he knows that there is money out there waiting to be collected at several homes because he has spoken with those persons but there are still some obdurate recalcitrants withholding the annual E65.
- Example sentences
- The moodiness, mischieviousness and mulish recalcitrance we see in all our favorite appliances comprise much of what it means to be a human born after AD 1400.
- Indeed, one of the prices of a victory won in the face of French and German recalcitrance has been a slide in UK support for the single currency.
- For some reason, this lawless recalcitrance was rewarded by the provincial government in 1993, when the residents were given 99-year leases on their property for about a dollar a day.
Mid 19th century: from Latin recalcitrant- 'kicking out with the heels', from the verb recalcitrare, based on calx, calc- 'heel'.
This word is from Latin recalcitrare ‘kick out with the heels’, based on calx ‘heel’.
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