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. Anything which we can do towards persuading into better shape our own deformed characters, compelling our recalcitrant energy into fresh channels, is little in comparison with what might be achieved in the plastic growing psychic life of children did we appreciate our full opportunity and the importance of using it. – The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day by Evelyn Underhill
  3. 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