stubborn

stubborn
stubborn [stub′ərn]
adj.
[ME stoburn, prob. < OE stubb, var. of stybb,STUB]
1. refusing to yield, obey, or comply; resisting doggedly or unreasonably; resolute or obstinate
2. done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner [a stubborn campaign]
3. hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable [a stubborn cold]
stubbornly
adv.
stubbornness
n.
SYN.- STUBBORN implies an innate fixedness of purpose, course, condition, etc. that is strongly resistant to change, manipulation, etc. [a stubborn child, belief, etc. ]; OBSTINATE applies to one who adheres persistently, and often unreasonably, to a purpose, course, etc., against argument or persuasion [a panel hung by an obstinate juror ]; DOGGED implies thoroughgoing determination or, sometimes, sullen obstinacy [the dogged pursuit of a goal ]; PERTINACIOUS implies a strong tenacity of purpose that is regarded unfavorably by others [a pertinacious critic ] -ANT. COMPLIANT, TRACTABLE

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