- I(Roget's IV) modif.Syn. stubborn, firm, headstrong, dogged, pertinacious, opinionated, strong-minded, contumacious, opinionative, contradictory, inflexible, positive, perverse, contrary, cantankerous, unimpressible, determined, convinced, resolved, indomitable, adamant, intractable, crotchety, obdurate, self-willed, refractory, unamenable, unalterable, unconquerable, restive, unflinching, unyielding, unbending, immovable, tenacious, decided, heady, unmanageable, bull-headed, mulish, pigheaded, plucky, sulky, case-hardened, fixed, stiff-necked, callous, hard, hardened, relentless, recalcitrant, unrelenting, resistant, repulsive, willful, unwavering, prejudiced, biased, bigoted, dogmatic, unreasonable, unreasoning, hellbent*, die-hard*, set in one's ways*; see also resolute 2 .Ant. docile*, submissive, amenable.Syn.- 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 ] ; stubborn implies a strong, even innate, resistance to change or manipulation of purpose, course, condition, etc. [ a stubborn child, a stubborn belief in astrology ] ; dogged implies thoroughgoing determination or, sometimes, sullen obstinacy [ the dogged pursuit of a goal ] ; pertinacious implies a strong tenacity of purpose that is regarded unfavorably by others [ a pertinacious critic ]II(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.stubborn, firm, inflexible, adamant, unyielding, resistant, tenacious, headstrong, unwavering, bullheaded, mulish, pigheaded, hardnosed, dogged, unbending, stiff-necked, cussed, *stubborn as a bobtail mule, *stubborn as crabgrass.ANT.: flexible, tractable, yieldingIII(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Tenaciously unwilling to yield: bullheaded, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, mulish, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, stiff-necked, tenacious, willful. See RESIST. 2. Not submitting to discipline or control: disorderly, fractious, indocile, intractable, lawless, obstreperous, recalcitrant, refractory, uncontrollable, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly, untoward, wild. Idiom: out of line. See CONTROL, ORDER, PEACE, RESIST. 3. Difficult to alleviate or cure: persistent, pertinacious, stubborn. See CONTINUE.
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