obstinate; stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly
I was a recalcitrant character throughout my schooling, and this hatred of authority has remained with me to this day.
re (back)#calcitrare (to kick) (Latin)
contentious, headstrong, intractable, obstinate, recalcitrant, refractory
amenable, complaisant, compliant, docile, tractable
re+calcit (looks like calcite)+rant. as we know calcite is a hard mineral found in calcium carbonate which forms the major part of rocks, chalk and marble, is hard to break and likewise a recalcitrant person is also stubborn. re+calci (calculator->calculate)+trant. so imagine a person who has made a mistake in calculations using a calci and is unwilling to re-calculate. it shows he is STUBBORN