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Meaning of STUBBORN

Pronunciation:  'stuburn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  persisting in a reactionary stand
  2. [adj]  difficult to treat or deal with; "stubborn rust stains"; "a stubborn case of acne"
  3. [adj]  tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
  4. [adj]  (medicine) not responding to treatment; "a stubborn infection"; "a refractory case of acne"

STUBBORN is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bloody-minded, bolshy, bulldog, bullet-headed, bullheaded, cantankerous, contrarious, cross-grained, determined, difficult, dogged, dour, hard, hardheaded, mulish, obstinate, pertinacious, pigheaded, refractory, stiff-necked, strong-minded, strong-willed, stroppy, tenacious, unreconstructed, unregenerate, unyielding
 Antonyms: docile
 See Also: disobedient, intractable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Stub"born\, a. [OE. stoburn, stiborn; probably fr. AS.
styb a stub. See {Stub}.]
Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding;
persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion;
not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; harsh; --
said of persons and things; as, stubborn wills; stubborn ore;
a stubborn oak; as stubborn as a mule. ``Bow, stubborn
knees.'' --Shak. ``Stubborn attention and more than common
application.'' --Locke. ``Stubborn Stoics.'' --Swift.

      And I was young and full of ragerie [wantonness]
      Stubborn and strong, and jolly as a pie. --Chaucer.

      These heretics be so stiff and stubborn. --Sir T. More.

      Your stubborn usage of the pope.         --Shak.

Syn: Obstinate; inflexible; obdurate; headstrong; stiff;
     hardy; firm; refractory; intractable; rugged;
     contumacious; heady.

Usage: {Stubborn}, {Obstinate}. Obstinate is used of either
       active or passive persistence in one's views or
       conduct, in spite of the wishes of others. Stubborn
       describes an extreme degree of passive obstinacy. --
       {Stub"born*ly}, adv. -- {Stub"born*ness}, n.