List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 409

SYNONYMS: unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong, wayward.
These adjectives all mean resistant or marked by resistance to control.

Unruly implies failure to submit to rule or discipline: The little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly.
One that is ungovernable . is not capable of or amenable to being governed or restrained: an ungovernable temper
Intractable refers to what is obstinate and difficult to manage or control: He, as the less proud and intractable of the pair, was preferred.
Refractory implies stubborn resistance to control or authority: as refractory as a mule.
One that is recalcitrant not only resists authority but rebels against it: The university suspended the most recalcitrant demonstrators.
Willful and headstrong describe one obstinately bent on having his or her own way: Willful people cannot tolerate the slightest frustration of their wishes. His headstrong daughter is destined to learn from her own mistakes.
One who is wayward willfully and often perversely departs from what is desired, advised, expected, or required in order to gratify his or her own impulses or inclinations: She was a lively child, who had been spoiled, and therefore was sometimes wayward.

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