Yes, you are using it properly, but being an uncommon word its meaning varies from person to person.
It can mean: something that is difficult to comprehend, something that is comprehended by few people, something that
few people comprehend because it's difficult to comprehend, or something that few people are aware of. What it means will depend on which
dictionary you choose to go by.
It would appear that you are using it to mean something is hard to understand, which works, and appears
to be the word's most popular definition. Personally I would probably use it for something that is uncommon, and understood by few because it's difficult to understand.
Given that your question already appears on page 6 of Google Search when searching
recondite + definition
, and that dictionaries are unable to agree on what it means, the word itself is recondite, so use it as you see fit.
Definition of recondite by various dictionaries:
- The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Page 614):
hard to understand
- Webster's New Explorer Dictionary (Page 437):
hard to understand
- Merriam-Webster.com | h.t.t.p://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recondite :
not understood or known by many people
- Oxforddictionaries.com | h.t.t.p://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/recondite :
- dictionary.cambridge.org | h.t.t.p://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/recondite :
not known about by many people and difficult to understand
- thefreedictionary.com | h.t.t.p://www.thefreedictionary.com/recondite :
not easily understood
- dictionary.reference.com | h.t.t.p://dictionary.reference.com/browse/recondite :
dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter
- collinsdictionary.com | h.t.t.p://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/recondite :
requiring special knowledge to be understood
- Longman Dictionary Of Contemporary English | h.t.t.p://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/recondite :
recondite facts or subjects are not known about or understood by many people
- Oxford Dictionary Of Current English :
abstruse [It defines abstruse as:
hard to understand]
- Harrap's Concise French and English Dictionary (Page 638) :
- Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary (Page 1125) :
remote from ordinary or easy perception