contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, insubordinate, intractable, obstinate, refractory, stubborn, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly, unwilling, wayward, wilful
amenable, compliant, docile, obedient, submissive
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If you describe someone or something as recalcitrant, you mean that they are unwilling to obey orders or are difficult to deal with.
FORMAL adj usu ADJ n
The danger is that recalcitrant local authorities will reject their responsibilities...
...the government's recalcitrance over introducing even the smallest political reform.
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