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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Deliberately not obeying someone in authority and being difficult to deal with or control. Also: Capable of enduring high temperatures.

Usage examples (41)
  • The refractory child changed her behavior when she suffered the consequences of her actions.
  • The refractory period of a muscle fiber
  • For the purpose of this book the term refractory will cover clays and materials that are suitable to be used in a potter's kiln fired up to
  • "The other times, sir, I was called refractory but I was not." for more
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