Stubborn definition

stŭbərn
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Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable.

A stubborn cold.

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Refusing to yield, obey, or comply; resisting doggedly or unreasonably; resolute or obstinate.
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Done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner.

A stubborn campaign.

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The definition of stubborn is being determined not to obey or yield.

An example of stubborn is a toddler who will not get out of a car.

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Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort.

Stubborn soil; stubborn stains.

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Stubborn is defined as being unwilling to change your opinion or stance, in spite of good reasons to.

An example of stubborn is a dictator who has lost the popularity of his people, but refuses to step down from office.

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Characterized by a refusal to change one's mind or course of action; dogged or persistent.

Stubborn prejudice; stubborn earnestness.

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Refusing to move or to change one's opinion; obstinate; firmly resisting.

He is pretty stubborn about his political beliefs, so why bother arguing?

Blood can make a very stubborn stain on fabrics if not washed properly.

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Refusing to change one's mind or course of action despite pressure to do so; unyielding or resolute.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
stubborn
Comparative:
stubborner
Superlative:
stubbornest

Origin of stubborn

  • Middle English stuborn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English stoburn, stoburne, styburne, stiborn; probable origin *stybor, *stibor, apparently from Old English styb (“a stump, stub") + adj. formative -or as in Old English bitor, English bitter.

    From Wiktionary