Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions of one in authority.
Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable
The definition of unruly is someone or something that is out of control or hard to manage.
Not subject to sudden or extreme change or fluctuation:
The definition of willful is someone or something that does what they want, or something done on purpose.
That can be managed; controllable, tractable, contrivable, etc.
Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
Difficult to operate or start:
Not easy to please, satisfy, or manage:
Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous.
Opposed; contradictory; inconsistent.
Persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary
Not easily controlled; stubbornly willful; contrary
Given to acting in opposition to others
Providing or having to do with support
Determined to have one's own way; stubbornly and often recklessly willful.
Subject to sudden or frequent changes.
The definition of recalcitrant is having behavior that is difficult to deal with and being uncooperative with authority.
Firm or determined; unwavering.
(Law) Relating to a decision made by a court or legislature that lacks a grounding in law or fact:
Changeable or unstable in affection, interest, loyalty, etc.; capricious
Not remaining firm in mind or purpose
Difficult to mold or manipulate:
Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention:
The definition of refractory is stubborn or hard to manage, or heat resistant.
Not submissive to authority:
Failing or neglecting to do what duty or law requires
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