unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child.
fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute: a stubborn opponent of foreign aid.
obstinately maintained, as a course of action: a stubborn resistance.
difficult to manage or suppress: a stubborn horse; a stubborn pain.
hard, tough, or stiff, as stone or wood; difficult to shape or work.

1350–1400; Middle English stiborn(e), styborne, stuborn < ?

stubbornly, adverb
stubbornness, noun
prestubborn, adjective
unstubborn, adjective
unstubbornly, adverb
unstubbornness, noun

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.

1. tractable. 2. irresolute. Unabridged
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stubborn (ˈstʌbən)
1.  refusing to comply, agree, or give in; obstinate
2.  difficult to handle, treat, or overcome
3.  persistent and dogged: a stubborn crusade
[C14 stoborne, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED doubts any connection with stub (n.).
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Example sentences
They scrolled across the northern emptiness, telling a long tale of human
  stubbornness and indecision.
The doctors had given up, and only plain stubbornness by the family got the
  treatment that saved his life.
Cooperation would be rewarded, stubbornness punished.
Though the red-shirt cause outgrew him, his stubbornness seems to have undone
  the peace talks.
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