\Re*ni"tent\ (-tent), a. [L. renitens, -entis, p. pr.
of renit to strive or struggle against, resist; pref. re- re-
+ niti to struggle or strive: cf. F. r['e]nitent.]
1. Resisting pressure or the effect of it; acting against
impulse by elastic force. ``[Muscles] soft and yet
2. Persistently opposed.