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adj. stub·born·er, stub·born·est
a. Refusing to change one's mind or course of action despite pressure to do so; unyielding or resolute. See Synonyms at obstinate.
b. Characterized by a refusal to change one's mind or course of action; dogged or persistent: stubborn prejudice; stubborn earnestness.
2. Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort: stubborn soil; stubborn stains.

[Middle English stuborn.]

stub′born·ly adv.
stub′born·ness n.


 of rhinoceros.


The following words can all be used to describe someone who is determined to do what they want to do, and refuses to change their mind:

firmintransigentobstinateornery (Am)pig-headed

You use firm or steadfast to show that you approve of someone's behaviour. Steadfast is a rather literary word.

If parents are firm, children accept discipline.
He relied on the calm and steadfast Kathy.

Stubborn, obstinate, pig-headed, rigid, and intransigent are all used to show disapproval. Intransigent is a formal word.

He and his officials remained as stubborn as ever. obstinate and rebellious child.
They can be stupid and pig-headed.
My father is very rigid in his thinking.
He told them how intransigent the racists in his country had been.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stubbornness - the trait of being difficult to handle or overcomestubbornness - the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
2.stubbornness - resolute adherence to your own ideas or desiresstubbornness - resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
impenitence, impenitency - the trait of refusing to repent
intransigence, intransigency - the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise




[ˈstʌbənnɪs] N [of person] → testarudez f, terquedad f, tozudez f; [of animal] → terquedad f; [of cough, cold] → lo persistente


[ˈstʌbərnnɪs] n (= obstinacy) → obstination f


(= obstinacy, of person) → Sturheit f; (of animal, child)störrische Art
(of refusal, resistance)Hartnäckigkeit f
(of lock)Widerspenstigkeit f; (of cough)Hartnäckigkeit f


[ˈstʌbənnɪs] ntestardaggine f, ostinazione f
References in classic literature ?
For again Starbuck's downcast eyes lighted up with the stubbornness of life; the subterranean laugh died away; the winds blew on; the sails filled out; the ship heaved and rolled as before.
He could not be persuaded to do a thing while it could do any good--he was iron, he was adamant in his stubbornness then--but as soon as the thing had reached a point where it would be positively harmful to do it, do it he would, and nothing could stop him.
I was wrong to attempt to deceive you; but I feared a stubbornness that exists in your character.
Pride, contempt, defiance, stubbornness, submission, lamentation, succeeded one another; so did varieties of sunken cheek, cadaverous colour, emaciated hands and figures.
For stubbornness won't do here,' said his sister 'What it wants is, to be crushed.
From the first discovery of the Western Hemisphere by Columbus until the settlement of Virginia which immediately preceded that of Plymouth, the various adventurers from the ancient world had exhibited upon innumerable occasions that ardor of enterprise and that stubbornness of pursuit which set all danger at defiance, and chained the violence of nature at their feet.
Strange stubbornness of the bird which would not talk when people watched him!
I know all about it, for I was a rich man once, and did much wrong in the stubbornness of my pride, and in the confidence that my father and my brothers would support me; therefore let a man fear God in all things always, and take the good that heaven may see fit to send him without vain glory.
There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to
The odium of this stubbornness was shared in a great measure by the child's protectors, insomuch that Tobias and Dorothy very shortly began to experience a most bitter species of persecution, in the cold regards of many a friend whom they had valued.
Well, ‘Duke is a liberal-hearted fellow, with all his stubbornness.
He had been ill, wayworn, sick at heart, still he had kept forward; but now his strength and his stubbornness were exhausted.