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stubborn

[stuhb-ern] /ˈstʌb ərn/
adjective
1.
unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving:
a stubborn child.
2.
fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute:
a stubborn opponent of foreign aid.
3.
obstinately maintained, as a course of action:
a stubborn resistance.
4.
difficult to manage or suppress:
a stubborn horse; a stubborn pain.
5.
hard, tough, or stiff, as stone or wood; difficult to shape or work.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English stiborn(e), styborne, stuborn < ?
Related forms
stubbornly, adverb
stubbornness, noun
prestubborn, adjective
unstubborn, adjective
unstubbornly, adverb
unstubbornness, noun
Synonyms
1. contrary, intractable, refractory, unyielding, headstrong, obdurate. 2. persevering. Stubborn, dogged, obstinate, persistent imply fixity of purpose or condition and resistance to change. Stubborn and obstinate both imply resistance to advice, entreaty, remonstrance, or force; but stubborn implies more of innate quality and is the more frequently used when referring to inanimate things: stubborn disposition; stubborn difficulties. Dogged implies pertinacity and grimness in doing something, especially in the face of discouragements: dogged determination. Persistent implies having staying or lasting qualities, resoluteness, and perseverance: persistent questioning.
Antonyms
1. tractable. 2. irresolute.
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British Dictionary definitions for stub born

stubborn

/ˈstʌbən/
adjective
1.
refusing to comply, agree, or give in; obstinate
2.
difficult to handle, treat, or overcome
3.
persistent and dogged: a stubborn crusade
Derived Forms
stubbornly, adverb
stubbornness, noun
Word Origin
C14 stoborne, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for stub born

stubborn

adj.

late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED, Liberman doubt any connection with stub (n.). Related: Stubbornly; stubbornness.

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