Refractory – Stubborn or unmanageable; resisting control
To remember the definition of the word refractory, use the following mnemonic:
Referring to the factory (refractory) we can see all the people outside stubbornly refusing to go back to work. They are unmanageable.
Examples of refractory in a sentence
Because the prisoner acts in a refractory manner, he is accompanied by four guards whenever he leaves his cell.
The refractory students spend a great deal of time in the detention room.
To make his life easier, the store owner decided to fire the refractory workers who were difficult to manage.