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Definition of "recondite" [rec•on•dite]

  • Not easily understood; abstruse. See Synonyms at ambiguous. (adjective)
  • Concerned with or treating something abstruse or obscure: recondite scholarship. (adjective)
  • Concealed; hidden. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recondite" in a sentence
  • "Meanwhile, the presence of Pietro d'Abano80 and Hippocrates reflects a special interest at Urbino in recondite principles of astrobiological medicine and its capacity to temper the constitutions of individuals."
  • "Park in miles, in yards, and in acres, and the number of head of cattle which could be accommodated therein if it were to be utilized for grazing -- that is, turned into grass lands; or, if transformed into tillage, the number of small farmers who would be the proprietors of economic holdings -- that is, a recondite -- that is, an abstruse and a difficult scientific and sociological term."
  • "It's never helped me with the capital of Tajikistan or the definition of "recondite," but apparently it's got the goods on my hang-ups."