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difficult to control

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wayward - unruly

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A person who is ‘wayward’ typically behaves in a selfish, headstrong, and unpredictable way. They can often exasperate others as they do not like to be controlled or listen to instruction, and put their own wants and needs above everything and everyone else. People will still often try to correct their behaviour and set them on what is considered to be the right path.

Synonyms insubordinate

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  1. I have a couple of wayward students in my class who only show up or produce work when they want to. It’s frustrating, but I’m determined to help them mend their ways.

  2. You need to stop trying to mollycoddle James. He’s not some wayward teenager anymore, he’s a grown man who needs to learn to stand on his own two feet.

  3. Most of the council are in agreement about the proposal, but there's one wayward member who is making things difficult for everybody.

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