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1. Resisting pressure or the effect of it; acting against impluse by elastic force. [Muscles] soft and yet renitent.

2. Persistently opposed.

Origin: L. Renitens, -entis, p. Pr. Of renit to strive or struggle against, resist; pref. Re- re- _ niti to struggle or strive: cf. F. Renitent.