Part of speech:
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.
The definition of willful is someone or something that does what they want, or something done on purpose.
Noted for lack of regularity or uniformity.
That can be managed; controllable, tractable, contrivable, etc.
Difficult to operate or start:
The definition of contrary is someone or something that is opposite to something else or is unfavorable.
Not easy to please, satisfy, or manage:
Not easily controlled; stubbornly willful; contrary
Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous.
The definition of perverse is deliberately behaving badly or improperly, despite knowing that your actions are likely to have bad consequences.
Given to acting in opposition to others
Providing or having to do with support
The definition of recalcitrant is having behavior that is difficult to deal with and being uncooperative with authority.
Not subject to sudden or extreme change or fluctuation:
Firm or determined; unwavering.
(Law) Relating to a decision made by a court or legislature that lacks a grounding in law or fact:
Failing to adhere to guidelines or moral standards:
Changeable or unstable in affection, interest, loyalty, etc.; capricious
The definition of headstrong is someone who is stubborn, likes things his own way, imposes his opinion or is unyielding in his opinions and beliefs.
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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