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renitent (re-NYT-uhnt, REN-i-tuhnt) adjective

Resistant; recalcitrant.

[From Latin renitent-, renitens, present participle of reniti (to resist), from re- + niti (to strive, to struggle).]

"And this is the pledge for restoration of democracy. But our leaders are reluctant and renitent for that." Kalam Azad; No Compromise in Democratic Politics; The New Nation (Dhaka, Bangladesh); Nov 20, 2004.

"One intuits that the potential for metapsychic calamity still lurks within the mind of this highly renitent people." Julian May; Jack the Bodiless; Ballantine; 1991.

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Where it is a duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. -John Morley, statesman and writer (1838-1923)

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