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ˈstʌb ərnstub·born

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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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  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 WordNet

  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 Contribution

  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. Lindsey Vonn:

    I mean.?… I was in love, i loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way.

  2. Laurence J. Peter:

    Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

  3. Pauline Musariri:

    Its a stubborn fly that follows a corpse to the grave!

  4. Craig Grossi:

    That’s where Fred came in. Coming home to him every day and his stubborn positivity, it’s not a nave, just smile through whatever you’ve got going on, kind of approach; it’s the opposite. It’s recognizing that there are circumstances in your life that are within your control and ones that aren’t. It’s allowing yourself to focus only on the things you can control.

  5. Christopher Louney:

    It's been a period of stubborn production growth.


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