Part of speech:
Not yielding to treatment, as a disease
In opposition; adverse; unfavorable
(Archaic, of things) Harmful, vexatious.
(Geology) of a differing type of rock cutting across a formation
Seemingly full of contradictions
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a rebel or rebellion:
The definition of headstrong is someone who is stubborn, likes things his own way, imposes his opinion or is unyielding in his opinions and beliefs.
Coming, said, done, etc. before the usual or expected time; premature
Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable
Difficult to operate or start:
The definition of restive is someone who feels nervous when criticized or controlled, or a person or animal that stubbornly refuses to move forward.
The definition of willful is someone or something that does what they want, or something done on purpose.
Note: Cantankerous is generally used to describe an unpleasant elderly person in a slightly pejorative manner. However, the term can be used to people in general, livestock, and machinery as well.
A thing related in a converse way; the opposite
A contrast or opposition
The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.
(Linguistics) A difference between units, especially one that distinguishes meaning.
The definition of ambivalent is someone who is uncertain or lacks the ability to make decisions.
Diametrically opposed; exactly opposite.
The definition of averse is having a feeling of distaste or strong opposition.
Striking, or dashing together; fighting; contending; struggling to resist and overcome.
Designating an opposite, a contrary, a difference, etc. that is wholly so; complete
Hard to get along with; quarrelsome
Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
Impossible to be held simultaneously by one person:
Of an assertion, that is contradictory or not supported.
Difficult to mold or manipulate:
Opposite in character, nature, direction, etc.
The definition of repugnant is something that is extremely offensive, contradictory or antagonistic.
Going into effect as of a specified date in the past
The southern hemisphere
Something that is contrary.
Having close resemblance; similar:
Having almost or exactly the same qualities, characteristics, etc.; similar; equal
Having a resemblance in appearance or nature; alike though not identical.
Having similar or conforming feelings, ideas, interests, etc.; in accord
Of the same or similar nature or kind:
Ready to do favors for others; accommodating.
Not easy to please, satisfy, or manage:
A proposition derived by negating and permuting the terms of another, equivalent proposition; for example, All not-Y is not-X is the contrapositive of All X is Y.
Providing or having to do with support
Given to acting in opposition to others
- Balky implies a stopping short and stubbornly refusing to go on See also syn. study at opposite.
- Restive is applied to those who are impatient under restraint or discipline and hence are hard to control or keep in order
- Perverse implies an unreasonable obstinacy in deviating from what is considered right or acceptable
- Contrary , in this comparison, implies a habitual willful disinclination to accept orders, advice, etc.
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