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ˈstʌb ərn

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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, contrary

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

  2. refractory, stubborn(adj)

    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

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

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. Mark Twain:

    Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

  2. John Adams:

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

  3. Daren Blomquist:

    May foreclosure numbers are a classic good news-bad news scenario, with the number of homeowners starting the foreclosure process stabilizing at pre-housing crisis levels but the number of homeowners actually losing their homes to foreclosure still well above pre-crisis levels and on the rise, lenders and courts are pushing through stubborn foreclosure cases that have been languishing in foreclosure limbo for years as options to prevent foreclosure are exhausted or left untapped.

  4. Mark Twain:

    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. (Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.)

  5. Bruce Miller:

    We want to show what a hero really looks like - someone who is stubborn. They get knocked down; they get bruised, and they pick themselves up and try again.

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