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How you say it: [re-kal-si-truhnt]
What it is: adjective, noun
What it means: adj. 1.) resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory. 2.) hard to deal with, manage, or operate. n. 3.) a recalcitrant person. (Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com)
[Side note: a related word is recalcitrance; this is the noun form of the adjective, sort of like you get reluctance from reluctant. Recalcitrant and reluctant share a similar concept of ‘unwillingness’ but they aren’t synonymous. Reluctant suggests hesitance whereas recalcitrant suggests refusal.]
Use it three times and it's yours! Using a word three times can help it stick in your memory.
The sergeant glared at the new recruits, ready to weed out any recalcitrants.
The students were recalcitrant the minute they discovered they had a substitute teacher.
The recalcitrant horse refused to obey its rider’s commands.
Bonus round: Sally went to dinner with her new friend, Harry Calcitrant. (Insert SpongeBob laugh here.)