stubborn Definition

  • 1having or showing determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so
  • 2difficult to move, remove, or cure

Using stubborn: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stubborn" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was too stubborn to ask for help.

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    The stubborn stain wouldn't come out.

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    She has a stubborn streak that makes her difficult to work with.

  • Example

    The company's stubborn adherence to outdated technology cost them dearly.

stubborn Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using stubborn

  • to persist despite all efforts to the contrary


    The old tradition died a stubborn death, despite the best efforts of modernizers.

  • make a stubborn stand

    to refuse to give in or compromise


    The workers made a stubborn stand against the proposed pay cuts.

  • a difficult or intractable problem or situation


    The patient's illness was a stubborn case that defied treatment.

Phrases with stubborn

  • extremely obstinate or difficult to deal with


    I've tried to convince him to change his mind, but he's as stubborn as a mule.

  • refuse to do something despite persuasion or pressure


    He stubbornly refused to admit that he was wrong.

  • a tendency to be obstinate or unyielding


    Her stubborn streak made it difficult for her to compromise.

Origins of stubborn

from Old English 'stybborn', meaning 'resolute, tough'


Summary: stubborn in Brief

The term 'stubborn' [ˈstʌbərn] describes someone who is determined not to change their attitude or position, even when presented with good arguments. It can also refer to things that are difficult to move, remove, or cure. Examples include 'He was too stubborn to ask for help' and 'The stubborn stain wouldn't come out.' The phrase 'stubborn as a mule' is often used to describe someone who is extremely obstinate.

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