(Latin: back, backward, again; used as a prefix)
2. Stubbornly resisting the authority of another person or group.
3. Resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant.
4. Difficult to deal with or to operate.
5. Etymology: from French récalcitrant; literally, "kicking back", past participle of recalcitrare, "to kick back"; from re-, "back" + Latin calcitrare, "to kick"; from calx, calcis, "heel".
Being "stubborn as a mule" is a good example of being recalcitrant.
2. To deny believing in something or to withdraw something previously said: "When confronted with new evidence, the spy recanted her evidence which had sounded so believable before."
3. To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief: "The senator agreed to recant his allegations about the President and signed a formal statement indicating his new position."
4. Etymology: from about 1535, from Latin recantare, "to recall, to revoke"; from re-, "back" + cantare, "to sing, to chant".
A loan-translation of Greek palinoidein, "recant", from palin, "back" + oeidein, "to sing".
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2. To repeat briefly.
2. To slope backward.
3. To become or seem to become fainter or more distant.
4. To withdraw or to retreat.
5. Etymology: from French receder, from Latin recedere, "to go back, to withdraw"; from re-, "back" + cedere, "to go".
2. Etymology: from Old North French (the dialect of northern France before the 1500s), receivre, Old French recoivre; from Latin recipere, receptus "to regain, to take back, to recover, to take in"; from re-, "back" + -cipere, a combining form of capere, "to take".
2. Given, performed, felt, etc., in return; given or shown by each of two sides or people to the other.
3. Corresponding; matching; complementary; equivalent: "We were able to have reciprocal privileges at other health clubs."
4. In grammar, with reference to a pronoun or verb; expressing mutual relationship or action: “Each other” and “one another” are reciprocal pronouns.
5. Inversely related or proportional; opposite.
6. In mathematics, noting expressions, relations, etc., involving reciprocals; such as, a reciprocal function.
7. Either of a pair of numbers whose product is 1; for example, the number 3 is the reciprocal of ⅓, and ⅓ is the reciprocal of 3.
8. Etymology: from Latin reciprocus, "turning back the same way, alternating", which stands for reco-procos and is a compound of the adjectives recos, "turning backward", and procos, "turning forward"; therefore, reciprocus originally meant "turning backward and forward".
Reciprocal, when all things are considered, is a compound adjective based on the elements re-, "back, backward" and pro-, "for, forward".
2. In the manner of reciprocals.
3. In mathematics: reciprocally proportional; proportional, as two variable quantities, so that the one shall have a constant ratio to the reciprocal of the other.
2. To give and to receive mutually.
3. Etymologically, "to move backward" and "forward".
2. To give and to receive reciprocally; to interchange; such as, to reciprocate favors.
3. To cause or to move alternately backward and forward.
4. To make a return, as for something given.
5. To move alternately backward and forward.
2. A returning, usually for something given.
3. A mutual giving and receiving.
4. In prosthodontics, the means by which one part of an appliance is made to counter the effect created by another part.
Prosthodontics refers to a dental specialty concerned with the restoration and maintenance of oral function by the replacement of missing teeth and structures by artificial devices or prostheses.5. In electronics, a process by which a reciprocal impedance (or network) is derived from a given impedance (or network).