hardheaded

[hahrd-hed-id]
adjective
1.
not easily moved or deceived; practical; shrewd.
2.
obstinate; stubborn; willful.
Also, hard-headed.


Origin:
1575–85

hardheadedly, adverb
hardheadedness, noun


1. astute, realistic, pragmatic, cool, down-to-earth.
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hardheaded

adjective
1. unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack 
2. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory; "a hardheaded appraisal of our position"; "a hard-nosed labor leader"; "completely practical in his approach to business"; "not ideology but pragmatic politics" 
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Example sentences
In his hardheaded view, barbarian invasions cleaned up stagnant and oppressive
  regimes.
They have to look out for each others' best interest even if there is a
  hardheaded leader in the way.
The reform environment they find themselves in is both softhearted and
  hardheaded.
But the speed of modernization in the past century may have carried away even
  the hardheaded forecasters amongst us.
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