- 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 stubbornly
In the past, Santos has been stubbornly opposed to a bilateral ceasefire, but his position on the issue may be shifting.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?
December 18, 2014
Why have educational outcomes so stubbornly flat-lined in the face of this wealth of educational resources?How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
Who talks about sports “curses” as much as the fans who stubbornly remain fans in the face of such curses?Cleveland Comes Crawling Back to LeBron: The Masochism of Rust Belt Chic
July 15, 2014
He is like a grandfather to us, the kind who seems like he should have died a while ago and yet stubbornly clings to life.Dear Dick (Cheney): Advice From the Former Veep
Kelly Williams Brown
June 21, 2014
Or, as internet indie darlings MGMT put it in their stubbornly unhip new single, "Your Life Is A Lie."Dave Eggers, Arcade Fire and Other Hipsters Shun the Internet
September 22, 2013
And yet Pierre struggled, stubbornly clutching at his dream once more.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Their whole beings tended to this, stubbornly, without a pause.The Fortune of the Rougons
Captain Dan, to whom these statements were made, was stubbornly indignant.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Nevertheless, I think I shall keep on with the experiment," Thayer said stubbornly.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
She perceived at length that he was stubbornly bent on this outrageous thing.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
- refusing to comply, agree, or give in; obstinate
- difficult to handle, treat, or overcome
- persistent and doggeda stubborn crusade
Word Origin and History for stubbornly
late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED, Liberman doubt any connection with stub (n.). Related: Stubbornly; stubbornness.