Root Word of the Day: RECALCITRANT

recalcitrant (adj) – extremely stubborn and unwilling to obey; hard to deal with or manage
BREAKDOWN: RE- (back) + CALC- (heel) + -ANT (inclined to)
recalcitrance is defiance, impudence, or unruliness (also recalcitrancy)

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This word is built on the root CALC-, which means small stone, pebble used for counting, lime or calcium, or heel.
Common CALC- words include calcium, calculator, chalk, and miscalculate.
More esoteric CALC- words include calx, calcareous, and calculous.

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