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