- 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.
Origin of stubborn
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Examples from the Web for stubbornness
But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’
November 20, 2014
“The Ladies Who Lunch,” an ode to jaded Manhattanites, stubbornness, and vodka stingers, became one of her two signature songs.Elaine Stritch Pinched My Butt and Changed My Life
July 17, 2014
Here he finds the ground prepared for the anti-semitic attack on rigidity, stubbornness, inflexibility as Jewish qualities.Liberals Need to Learn to Say No
July 10, 2014
He saw no virtue in stubbornness, and he could never have taken pleasure in the refusal to act on something.Washington Is Sorely Missing the Legislative Genius of Howard Baker
James Andrew Miller
June 28, 2014
In a remarkable show of stubbornness, his office stuck to his initial statement in response to inquiries from reporters.Netanyahu Sticks By Rowhani Misquote To Build Hawkish Case Against Iran
August 2, 2013
So, thanks to your own stubbornness, you have nobody that will receive you but your uncle Antony.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The stubbornness of the troops, the stubbornness of General Thomas saved the day.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
"That's my hoss by right," said the negro, with a trace of stubbornness in his tone.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
On week days she would toil with the stubbornness of an animal.
With the stubbornness of despair, he had taken her in his arms.
- refusing to comply, agree, or give in; obstinate
- difficult to handle, treat, or overcome
- persistent and doggeda stubborn crusade
Word Origin and History for stubbornness
late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED, Liberman doubt any connection with stub (n.). Related: Stubbornly; stubbornness.