Definition of stubborn adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    stubborn

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌbən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌbərn//
     
     
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  1. 1(often disapproving) determined not to change your opinion or attitude synonym obstinate He was too stubborn to admit that he was wrong. She can be as stubborn as a mule. stubborn pride a stubborn resistance to change a stubborn refusal to listen She has inherited her mother’s stubborn streak.
  2. 2difficult to get rid of or deal with synonym persistent a stubborn cough/stain a stubborn problem
  3. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘untameable, implacable’): of unknown origin.Extra examples He started out with nothing but raw talent and stubborn determination. She can be as stubborn as a mule. She has inherited her mother’s stubborn streak. The situation was aggravated by Mr Johnson’s stubborn refusal to apologize.
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