Stubborn Stub"born, a. [OE. stoburn, stiborn; probably fr. AS. styb a stub. See {Stub}.] Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; harsh; -- said of persons and things; as, stubborn wills; stubborn ore; a stubborn oak; as stubborn as a mule. ``Bow, stubborn knees.'' --Shak. ``Stubborn attention and more than common application.'' --Locke. ``Stubborn Stoics.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

And I was young and full of ragerie [wantonness] Stubborn and strong, and jolly as a pie. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

These heretics be so stiff and stubborn. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

Your stubborn usage of the pope. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Obstinate; inflexible; obdurate; headstrong; stiff; hardy; firm; refractory; intractable; rugged; contumacious; heady.

Usage: {Stubborn}, {Obstinate}. Obstinate is used of either active or passive persistence in one's views or conduct, in spite of the wishes of others. Stubborn describes an extreme degree of passive obstinacy. -- {Stub"born*ly}, adv. -- {Stub"born*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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