Definition of renitent in English:

renitent

adjective

rare
  • Resistant to compulsion or persuasion; uncooperative, recalcitrant; unwilling, reluctant.

noun

rare
  • With the. Renitent people as a class.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Abbot (1562–1633), archbishop of Canterbury. From French rénitent offering physical resistance to pressure or deformation, (now regional (Switzerland)) recalcitrant, unwilling, reluctant or its etymon classical Latin renītent-, renītēns, present participle of renītī.

Pronunciation

renitent

/ˈrɛnɪtnt/