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ˈstʌb ərnstub·born

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English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 2 votes

  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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 2 votes

  1. stubborn

    Synonyms:
    tough, unbending, unyielding, hard, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, stiff, harsh, inflexible, headstrong, refractory, heady, contumacious, pig-headed

    Antonyms:
    docile, tractable, manageable, pliant, pliable, malleable, flexible

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerateadjective

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

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

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

  2. refractory, stubbornadjective

    not responding to treatment

    "a stubborn infection"; "a refractory case of acne"; "stubborn rust stains"

    Synonyms:
    recalcitrant, fractious, refractory, obstinate, unregenerate

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

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. adamant

    being fixed in a particular thing.

    harry is very adamant

    Submitted by V7 on January 10, 2021  
  2. 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  

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How to use stubborn in a sentence?

  1. Ronald Reagan:

    Part of it is convincing the American people they need to try a new path and part of it is being stubborn in pushing through Matt Schlapp policy proposals.

  2. John Adams:

    Facts are stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

  3. Roy Wesley Brady:

    They have a family member somewhere, where they can say, ‘Hey, let’s talk about your problems.’ We’re stubborn as military people. I’m very stubborn, but sometimes you’ve got to sit down with somebody that understands you and put your problems on the table. Because taking your life is not the way out. Life is so much better.

  4. Marcel Fairbairn:

    I spent what I needed to spend to build the best system, but I ’m also stubborn. I made the mistake in the first few years of trying to ‘ fix ’ franchising. I always looked around and did not want to do things like other franchises. But I was wrong.

  5. Nelson Chamisa:

    This is a significant and fantastic for what is possible for the future of Africa. Zambia is an inspiration to stubborn laggards in democracy. Strong institutions are key for effective power transfer and smooth transitions.


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