Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resistant to physical pressure; not pliant.
  • adj. Reluctant to yield or be swayed; recalcitrant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. resistant to physical pressure; unyielding
  • adj. resistant to compulsion; recalcitrant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resisting pressure or the effect of it; acting against impulse by elastic force.
  • adj. Persistently opposed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resisting pressure or the effect of it; acting against impulse by elastic force.
  • Persistently opposing.

Etymologies

Latin renītēns, renītent-, present participle of renītī, to resist : re-, re- + nītī, to press forward.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • My eyes had grown so used to the dark in those watches of wandering through the entrails of the ship that, faint though the gleam shone, I could see the renitent surface under my feet and the mossy walls about me; I sheathed my knife then, and ran.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • The gruesome deaths of the five Foke jarred him into the itchy, gummy, renitent physicality of his body.

    In Other Worlds

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  • renitent – resisting physical pressure; resisting constraint or compulsion: recalcitrant

    July 26, 2008