AskDefine | Define stubbornness

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1 the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome [syn: obstinacy, obstinance, mulishness]
2 resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires [syn: bullheadedness, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will]

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  1. The state of being stubborn.


state of being stubborn

Extensive Definition

Stubborn may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adhesiveness, antipathy, application, assiduity, assiduousness, averseness, aversion, backwardness, balkiness, bigotry, bulldog tenacity, bullheadedness, cantankerousness, cohesiveness, concentration, consistency, constancy, contempt, contumaciousness, contumacy, cursoriness, defiance, defiance of authority, despite, determination, diligence, disagreement, disinclination, disobedience, disrelish, dissent, distaste, dogged perseverance, doggedness, dogmatism, durability, endurance, engrossment, fanaticism, fidelity, firmness, fixed mind, foot-dragging, fractiousness, fundamentalism, gluiness, glutinosity, grudging consent, grudgingness, gumminess, hardheadedness, hardiness, hardness, headstrongness, immovability, immutability, impliability, indefatigability, indisposedness, indisposition, indocility, inductility, industriousness, industry, inelasticity, inexorability, inextensibility, inflexibility, inflexible will, infrangibility, insistence, insistency, intolerance, intractability, intractableness, irresilience, irresiliency, lack of enthusiasm, lack of zeal, lastingness, leatherlikeness, loyalty, mulishness, mutinousness, nolition, obduracy, obdurateness, obstinacy, obstinateness, obstreperousness, opinionatedness, opposition, orneriness, orthodoxy, overzealousness, patience, patience of Job, perfunctoriness, permanence, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, pigheadedness, plodding, plugging, precisianism, preoccupation, purism, puritanism, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, recalcitration, refractoriness, refusal, relentlessness, reluctance, renitence, renitency, repugnance, resistance, resolution, restiveness, retention, rigidity, rigidness, rigor, rigorousness, ropiness, sedulity, sedulousness, self-will, single-mindedness, singleness of purpose, slogging, slowness, snugness, stability, stamina, staying power, steadfastness, steadiness, stick-to-itiveness, stickiness, stiff neck, stiff-neckedness, stiffness, strength, stringiness, strongheadness, sulk, sulkiness, sulks, sullenness, tackiness, tenaciousness, tenacity, tightness, tirelessness, toughness, unalterability, unbendingness, unbreakability, unbreakableness, uncompromisingness, uncooperativeness, unenthusiasm, unlimberness, unmalleability, unpliability, unregenerateness, unrelentingness, unremittingness, unruliness, unswerving attention, unwillingness, unyieldingness, viscidity, viscosity, vitality, wildness, willfulness
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