What does the word recalcitrant mean?

Usage examples for recalcitrant

  1. Whence were to come the forces for military operations against recalcitrant States? – John Marshall and the Constitution A Chronicle of the Supreme Court, Volume 16 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Edward S. Corwin
  2. We will have peace in England, and we will, by the help of the Lord's strong arm, rid this realm of these recalcitrant spirits. – John Enderby by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009