stubborn synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term stubborn:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerate(adj)

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

    Synonyms:
    unreformable, obstinate, wayward, cussed, obdurate, unrepentant, unregenerate, refractory, perverse, unregenerated, stubborn, contrary

    Antonyms:
    meek, yielding, sheeplike, tractable, manipulable, docile, sheepish, tame

  2. refractory, stubborn(adj)

    not responding to treatment

    Synonyms:
    recalcitrant, fractious, refractory, obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate

    Antonyms:
    manipulable, sheeplike, sheepish, docile, tractable, meek, yielding, tame

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. stubborn

    The headstrong person is not to be stopped in his own course of action, while the obstinate and stubborn is not to be driven to another's way. The headstrong act; the obstinate and stubborn may simply refuse to stir. The most amiable person may be obstinate on some one point; the stubborn person is for the most part habitually so; we speak of obstinate determination, stubborn resistance. Stubborn is the term most frequently applied to the lower animals and inanimate things. Refractory implies more activity of resistance; the stubborn horse balks; the refractory animal plunges, rears, and kicks; metals that resist ordinary processes of reduction are termed refractory. One is obdurate who adheres to his purpose in spite of appeals that would move any tender-hearted or right-minded person. Contumacious refers to a proud and insolent defiance of authority, as of the summons of a court. Pertinacious demand is contrasted with obstinate refusal. The unyielding conduct which we approve we call decided, firm, inflexible, resolute; that which we condemn we are apt to term headstrong, obstinate, stubborn. Compare PERVERSE.

    Synonyms:
    contumacious, decided, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, headstrong, heady, immovable, indomitable, inflexible, intractable, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, persistent, pertinacious, refractory, resolute, resolved, unconquerable, unflinching, unyielding

    Antonyms:
    amenable, complaisant, compliant, docile, dutiful, gentle, irresolute, obedient, pliable, pliant, submissive, teachable, tractable, undecided, wavering, yielding

Editors Contribution

  1. aquiclude

    person that is not easily believing or accepting something

    he didn't believe me when i said that i scored a goal because he's an aquiclude.

    Submitted by rinat on March 27, 2016

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. stubborn(a.)

    Synonyms:
    obstinate, unyielding, inflexible, positive, contumacious, refractory, perverse, headstrong, cantankerous, wilful, dogged, mulish, unruly, unmanageable, ungovernable, intractable, indocile, heady, cross-grained, obdurate, stiff, pig-headed

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

obstinate, headstrong, tenacious, intransigent, diehard, hard-nosed, persistent, hard-headed, die-hard, dogged, willful, feisty, wayward



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