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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   (=stubborn)  
The danger is that recalcitrant local authorities will reject their responsibilities...     
  recalcitrance      n-uncount   (=stubbornness)  
...the government's recalcitrance over introducing even the smallest political reform.     

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