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 (frō′wərd, -ərd)
Stubbornly contrary and disobedient; obstinate.

[Middle English : fra, fro, from, away; see fro + -ward, -ward; see -ward.]

fro′ward·ly adv.
fro′ward·ness n.
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archaic obstinate; contrary
[C14: see fro, -ward]
ˈfrowardly adv
ˈfrowardness n
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(ˈfroʊ wərd, ˈfroʊ ərd)

willfully contrary; not easily managed.
[1150–1200; Middle English froward, fraward. See fro, -ward]
fro′ward•ly, adv.
fro′ward•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.froward - habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
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Given to acting in opposition to others:
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