AskDefine | Define stubborn

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stubborn adj
1 tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield [ant: docile]
2 not responding to treatment; "a stubborn infection"; "a refractory case of acne" [syn: refractory]
3 difficult to treat or deal with; "stubborn rust stains"; "a stubborn case of acne"
4 persisting in a reactionary stand [syn: obstinate, unregenerate]

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  1. refusing to move or change one's opinion; obstinate.
    He is pretty stubborn about his political beliefs, so why bother arguing?
    Blood can make a very stubborn stain on fabrics if not washed properly.


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refusing to move or change one's opinion

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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