DISCUSSION: You may not know what recalcitrant means, but in context the meaning is clear.
The passage is describing a stubborn juror who holds up the trial and won’t agree with the majority.
- CORRECT. Obstinate means someone who won’t change their mind.
- You can be stubborn without being suspicious.
- You can also be stubborn and careless. You come to a snap judgment, then never change your mind even though your opinion is stupid.
- Conscientiousness and stubbornness have nothing to do with each other. Conscientious means “thoughtful”.
- Naive means someone who doesn’t know what’s going on. But stubborn people can know what’s going on. You might refuse to change your mind because you know you’re right.
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