AskDefine | Define recondite

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recondite adj : difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography" [syn: abstruse, deep]

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From Latin reconditus, from re- (again) + conditus, perfect passive participle of condere (to build, establish).


  • /rəˈkɒndaɪt/ or /ˈrɛkəndaɪt/
  • /rəˈkɑːndaɪt/ or /ˈrɛkəndaɪt/


  1. Hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse.
    recondite causes of things.
  2. Dealing in things abstruse; profound; searching.
    My philosophy professor believes she is in the field of recondite studies.
  3. Difficult to understand; known only by experts.



  1. Feminine plural form of recondito

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