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Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort:
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  1. Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort:
  2. Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable
  3. Done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner
Not moved or shaken easily; fixed; stable
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  1. Not moved or shaken easily; fixed; stable
  2. Securely fixed in place:
  3. Not yielding easily under pressure; solid; hard
Determined to have one's own way; stubbornly and often recklessly willful.
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  1. Determined to have one's own way; stubbornly and often recklessly willful.
  2. Determined not to follow orders, advice, etc. but to do as one pleases
  3. Determined to do as one pleases, and not as others want.
Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
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  1. Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
  2. Stubbornly persevering; tenacious:
  3. Not giving in readily; persistent; stubborn
Holding tenaciously or stubbornly to a purpose, opinion, or course of action:
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  1. Holding tenaciously or stubbornly to a purpose, opinion, or course of action:
  2. Holding firmly to some purpose, belief, or action, often stubbornly or obstinately
  3. Hard to get rid of; unyielding; persistent
Having very strong opinions.
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  1. Having very strong opinions.
  2. Holding unreasonably or obstinately to one's own opinions
  3. Holding stubbornly and often unreasonably to one's own opinions.
Having a strong, unyielding mind or will
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  1. Having a strong, unyielding mind or will
  2. Having a vigorous, independent will and views
  3. Having a determined will.
Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.
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  1. Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate.
  2. Obstinately resisting authority; insubordinate; disobedient
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  1. (Of persons) Opinionated.
  2. Of, or having the nature of, opinion
  3. Of, based on, or of the nature of an opinion.
That is diametrically opposed to something.
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  1. That is diametrically opposed to something.
  2. Inclined to contradict or deny
  3. Given to contradicting:
Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
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  1. Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
  2. That cannot be changed; fixed; unalterable
  3. Refusing to change one's attitude, purpose, or principles; immovable:
Concerned only with real things and experience; empirical; practical
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  1. Concerned only with real things and experience; empirical; practical
  2. Concerned with practical rather than theoretical matters.
  3. Driven by or generating power directly through intermediate machine parts having little or no play:
Obstinately disobedient or difficult; intractable
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  1. Obstinately disobedient or difficult; intractable
  2. Deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; specif., sexually perverted
  3. Willfully opposing or resisting what is right, expected, or reasonable:
Opposite in nature, order, direction, etc.; altogether different
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  1. Opposite in nature, order, direction, etc.; altogether different
  2. (Music) Moving in the opposite direction at a fixed interval:
  3. Opposed, as in character or purpose:
Given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.
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  1. Given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature, ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.
  2. Difficult to handle:
  3. 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.
Decided or resolved:
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  1. Decided or resolved:
  2. Marked by or showing determination; resolute:
  3. Decided; resolute, possessing much determination.
Persuaded, or otherwise feeling certainty
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  1. Persuaded, or otherwise feeling certainty
  2. In a state of believing, especially from evidence but not necessarily.
Firm and fixed in purpose; determined; resolute
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  1. Firm and fixed in purpose; determined; resolute
Incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished; unconquerable.
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  1. Incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished; unconquerable.
  2. Not easily discouraged, defeated, or subdued; unyielding; unconquerable
Not giving in or relenting; unyielding
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  1. Not giving in or relenting; unyielding
  2. Not willing to change one's opinion, purpose, or principles; unyielding.
  3. Too hard to be broken
Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition:
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  1. Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition:
  2. Hard to work, manipulate, cure, treat, etc.
  3. Hard to manage; unruly or stubborn
Cantankerous or eccentric
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  1. Cantankerous or eccentric
  2. Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.
  3. Cranky, disagreeable, or stubborn, especially if prone to odd whims or fancies.
Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
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  1. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
  2. Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable:
  3. Not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted
Having a high melting point. Ceramics that are made from clay and minerals are often refractory, as are metal oxides and carbides. Refractory materials are often used as liners in furnaces.
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  1. Having a high melting point. Ceramics that are made from clay and minerals are often refractory, as are metal oxides and carbides. Refractory materials are often used as liners in furnaces.
  2. Resistant to heat; hard to melt or work
  3. Hard to manage; stubborn; obstinate
Characterized by impatience or an absence of calm; unsettled:
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  1. Characterized by impatience or an absence of calm; unsettled:
  2. Uneasily impatient or hard to control under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay:
  3. Hard to control; unruly; refractory
Not flinching, yielding, or shrinking; steadfast; resolute
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  1. Not flinching, yielding, or shrinking; steadfast; resolute
  2. Showing neither fear nor indecision; resolute.
  3. Without flinching; staying committed despite any difficulty; steadfast
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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  1. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
  2. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
Rigid; stiff
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  1. Rigid; stiff
  2. Firm; resolute
  3. Aloof and often antisocial; extremely reserved:
(Law) Of or relating to things, such as trees and buildings, attached to real property:
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  1. (Law) Of or relating to things, such as trees and buildings, attached to real property:
  2. Impossible to move.
  3. That cannot be moved; firmly fixed; not capable of movement
Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring:
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  1. Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring:
  2. Holding together firmly; cohesive:
  3. That retains well; retentive
Definite and unmistakable; clear-cut
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  1. Definite and unmistakable; clear-cut
  2. Determined; resolute
  3. Without doubt or question; definite:
Tending to upset the mind or the balance of senses:
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  1. Tending to upset the mind or the balance of senses:
  2. Suffering from a headache:
  3. Having, showing, or using intelligence or good judgment
  1. Not manageable; not readily submitting to handling or management; not easily restrained, governed, or directed; not controllable.
  2. Difficult to carry or maneuver; unwieldy:
Characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, or intractable
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  1. Characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, or intractable
  2. Extremely or irrationally stubborn and intractable.
  3. Like or characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, balky, etc.
Stupidly obstinate.
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  1. Stupidly obstinate.
  2. Stubborn; obstinate; mulish
  3. (Pejorative) Obstinate and stubborn to the point of stupidity.
Brave; spirited
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  1. Brave; spirited
  2. Having or showing pluck, courage or spirit in trying circumstances.
Showing resentment or dissatisfaction by petulant or peevish withdrawal
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  1. Showing resentment or dissatisfaction by petulant or peevish withdrawal
  2. Gloomy; dismal; sullen
  3. (Often derogatory) silent and withdrawn after being upset
Determined; established; set:
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  1. Determined; established; set:
  2. Not subject to change or variation; unchanging:
  3. Not changing, not able to be changed, staying the same.
Stubborn; obstinate
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  1. Stubborn; obstinate
  2. Stubborn and arrogant or aloof.
Having calluses; toughened:
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  1. Having calluses; toughened:
  2. Emotionally hardened; unfeeling:
  3. Lacking, or showing a lack of, pity, mercy, etc.; unfeeling
Harsh or severe in effect or intention:
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  1. Harsh or severe in effect or intention:
  2. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  3. Oppressive or unjust in nature or effect:
Confirmed or inveterate, esp. in wrong or immoral behavior; habitual
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  1. Confirmed or inveterate, esp. in wrong or immoral behavior; habitual
  2. Unfeeling or lacking emotion due to experience; callous.
  3. Made or become hard or harder (in various senses)
Persistent; unremitting
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  1. Persistent; unremitting
  2. Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
  3. Steady and persistent; unremitting:
Refusing to obey authority, custom, regulation, etc.; stubbornly defiant
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  1. Refusing to obey authority, custom, regulation, etc.; stubbornly defiant
  2. Resistant to chemical decomposition; decomposing extremely slowly.
  3. Hard to handle or deal with
Not relaxing or slackening, as in effort, speed, etc.
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  1. Not relaxing or slackening, as in effort, speed, etc.
  2. Without mercy or compassion
  3. Not relenting; having no pity; not being or becoming lenient, mild, gentle, or merciful; unyielding; inflexibly rigid; hard; stern; cruel.
Offering resistance; resisting
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  1. Offering resistance; resisting
  2. Capable of, offering, or showing resistance. Often used in combination:
Characterized by, or having the nature of, repulsion
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  1. Characterized by, or having the nature of, repulsion
  2. Tending to repel or drive off:
  3. Causing strong dislike or aversion; disgusting; offensive
Obstinately bent on having one's own way:
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  1. Obstinately bent on having one's own way:
  2. Done in a manner which was intended.
  3. Said or done on purpose; deliberate:
Never doubted; always steady and on course
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  1. Never doubted; always steady and on course
Marked by or exhibiting bias; prejudiced:
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  1. Marked by or exhibiting bias; prejudiced:
Being or characteristic of a bigot:
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  1. Being or characteristic of a bigot:
  2. Being a bigot; biased; strongly prejudiced; forming opinions without just cause.
Of or like dogma; doctrinal
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  1. Of or like dogma; doctrinal
  2. Asserting or insisting upon ideas or principles, especially when unproven or unexamined, in an imperious or arrogant manner:
  3. Characterized by such assertion, often with an unconsidered rejection of criticism:
Unsupported by a valid exception to requirements of a warrant; for example, unreasonable search and seizure.
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  1. Unsupported by a valid exception to requirements of a warrant; for example, unreasonable search and seizure.
  2. Not determined by reason; capricious; arbitrary; irrational.
  3. Having or showing little sense or judgment; not rational
Not reasoning or reasoned; marked by a lack of reason or judgment; irrational
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  1. Not reasoning or reasoned; marked by a lack of reason or judgment; irrational
  2. Behaving without reason.
Moving fast or recklessly
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  1. Moving fast or recklessly
  2. Firmly resolved or recklessly determined
Stubbornly resisting change or clinging to a seemingly hopeless or outdated cause.
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  1. Stubbornly resisting change or clinging to a seemingly hopeless or outdated cause.
  2. Stubbornly resistant to change or unwaveringly loyal even in spite of inevitable defeat, failure, etc.
(Idiomatic) Driven by habit; inclined or determined to continue according to one's custom or established preferences.
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  1. (Idiomatic) Driven by habit; inclined or determined to continue according to one's custom or established preferences.
Extremely or irrationally stubborn; headstrong.
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  1. Extremely or irrationally stubborn; headstrong.
  2. Unreasonably stubborn.
  3. Blindly stubborn; headstrong
Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
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  1. Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
  2. Not giving in readily; persistent; stubborn
  3. Stubbornly persevering; tenacious:
Realistic; pragmatic.
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  1. Realistic; pragmatic.
  2. Shrewd and unsentimental; practical; matter-of-fact
  3. Stubborn; obstinate; dogged
Determined to have one's own way; stubbornly and often recklessly willful.
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  1. Determined to have one's own way; stubbornly and often recklessly willful.
  2. Showing such determination
  3. Determined to do as one pleases, and not as others want.
Extremely or irrationally stubborn and intractable.
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  1. Extremely or irrationally stubborn and intractable.
  2. Like or characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, balky, etc.
  3. Resembling a mule:
Extremely persistent or unyielding:
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  1. Extremely persistent or unyielding:
  2. Holding tenaciously or stubbornly to a purpose, opinion, or course of action:
  3. Holding firmly to some purpose, belief, or action, often stubbornly or obstinately
Persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary
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  1. Persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary
  2. Contrary to what is right or good; wicked or depraved:
  3. Willfully opposing or resisting what is right, expected, or reasonable:
(Pejorative) Obstinate and stubborn to the point of stupidity.
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  1. (Pejorative) Obstinate and stubborn to the point of stupidity.
  2. Stupidly obstinate.
  3. Stubborn; obstinate; mulish
Stubborn and arrogant or aloof.
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  1. Stubborn and arrogant or aloof.
  2. Stubborn; obstinate
Persistent; stubborn
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  1. Persistent; stubborn
  2. Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring:
  3. Tending to retain; retentive:
Obstinately bent on having one's own way:
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  1. Obstinately bent on having one's own way:
  2. Said or done on purpose; deliberate:
  3. Stubborn.
Not complying with the restraints of order and law; unruly; lawless.
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  1. Not complying with the restraints of order and law; unruly; lawless.
  2. (Law) Offensive to good morals and public decency.
  3. Not in order; marked by disorder or disarray.
Peevish; irritable; cross
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  1. Peevish; irritable; cross
  2. Given to troublemaking
  3. Having a peevish nature; cranky.
Resistant to authority or discipline; recalcitrant.
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  1. Resistant to authority or discipline; recalcitrant.
  2. Not docile; difficult to manage or discipline
Hard to work, manipulate, cure, treat, etc.
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  1. Hard to work, manipulate, cure, treat, etc.
  2. Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition:
  3. Not tractable or to be drawn or guided by persuasion; not easily governed, managed, or directed; uncontrollable; incurable; violent; stubborn; obstinate.
Not governed by law:
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  1. Not governed by law:
  2. Without law; not regulated by the authority of law
  3. Contrary to the law; unlawful:
Noisily unruly or defiant:
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  1. Noisily unruly or defiant:
  2. Noisy, boisterous, or unruly, esp. in resisting or opposing
Difficult to manage or deal with:
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  1. Difficult to manage or deal with:
  2. Refusing to obey authority, custom, regulation, etc.; stubbornly defiant
  3. Resistant to chemical decomposition; decomposing extremely slowly.
Resistant to treatment:
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  1. Resistant to treatment:
  2. Difficult to melt or work; resistant to heat:
  3. Having a high melting point. Ceramics that are made from clay and minerals are often refractory, as are metal oxides and carbides. Refractory materials are often used as liners in furnaces.
  1. Not able to be controlled, contained or governed.
  2. Impossible to control or govern:
  1. Not governable
  2. Incapable of being governed, restrained, or controlled.
  3. That cannot be governed or controlled; unruly, wild, etc.
  1. Not manageable; not readily submitting to handling or management; not easily restrained, governed, or directed; not controllable.
  2. Difficult or impossible to manage or control:
Difficult to keep in place or in order:
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  1. Difficult to keep in place or in order:
  2. Difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule:
  3. Wild; uncontrolled
Not favorable or fortunate; adverse, inauspicious, etc.
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  1. Not favorable or fortunate; adverse, inauspicious, etc.
  2. Inappropriate, improper, unseemly, etc.
  3. Unruly, troublesome.
Risky; imprudent:
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  1. Risky; imprudent:
  2. Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed:
  3. Characterized by a lack of moral restraint; dissolute or licentious:
Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time; enduring:
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  1. Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time; enduring:
  2. Refusing to relent; continuing, esp. in the face of opposition, interference, etc.; stubborn; persevering
  3. Continuing to exist or endure; lasting without change
Holding tenaciously or stubbornly to a purpose, opinion, or course of action:
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  1. Holding tenaciously or stubbornly to a purpose, opinion, or course of action:
  2. Holding firmly to some purpose, belief, or action, often stubbornly or obstinately
  3. Extremely persistent or unyielding:
Done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner
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  1. Done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner
  2. Characterized by a refusal to change one's mind or course of action; dogged or persistent:
  3. Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort:

Synonym Study

  • Pertinacious implies a strong tenacity of purpose that is regarded unfavorably by others a pertinacious critic
  • Dogged implies thoroughgoing determination or, sometimes, sullen obstinacy the dogged pursuit of a goal
  • Stubborn implies a strong, even innate, resistance to change or manipulation of purpose, course, condition, etc. a stubborn child, a stubborn belief in astrology
  • Obstinate applies to one who adheres persistently, and often unreasonably, to a purpose, course, etc., against argument or persuasion a panel hung by an obstinate juror
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