Definition of 'stubborn'
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You can become your own worst enemy with that stubborn refusal to accept the inevitable. The Sun (2011)Family life is easier to handle as stubborn minds are ready to listen. The Sun (2007)The first is shaped by an intentional stubborn resistance. Christianity Today (2000)Particularly stubborn stains will guarantee you work up a sweat. The Sun (2015)It may take time to change a stubborn mind but you can do it. The Sun (2013)His stubborn innings in difficult conditions yesterday was a victory for concentration over instinct. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We wonder if they also regret their stubborn refusal to compromise. The Sun (2016)He is a stubborn symbol of resistance to change. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The thing that could easily be changed is the stubborn refusal to let technology play a part for referees. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You'd hoped that with time and stubborn determination you could ride things out. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Scrub paths and paving: a quick blast with a power hose will lift stubborn stains. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The issue you face here seems totally behavioural: a stubborn refusal. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Hopes of a full recovery are dashed by cancer cells' stubborn resistance to conventional treatments. Times, Sunday Times (2016) For stubborn stains, leave on for about ten minutes. The Sun (2010)At home, you can change stubborn minds. The Sun (2011)Labour's stubborn refusal to confront this crisis is costing us dear. The Sun (2009)Either this was a stubborn refusal to acknowledge economic reality, or he was genuinely deluded. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I think there will be stubborn resistance. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The previous administration's stubborn refusal to build more prison places led it into the absurd position of early release. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You have a way of understanding people that will help you change the most stubborn minds - perhaps including your own. The Sun (2014)The plan is taking longer than hoped to produce results because of problems including corruption and stubborn resistance by the Taleban. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I can be just as stubborn, determined and selfish at times in all aspects of my life. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The prevailing attitude, though, seemed to be a stubborn determination to stick to routine. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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Translations for 'stubborn'
British English: stubborn /ˈstʌbn/ ADJECTIVE
A stubborn person is determined to do what they want and refuses to change their mind.
...his stubborn resistance to anything new.
- American English: stubborn
- Arabic: عَنِيد
- Brazilian Portuguese: teimoso
- Chinese: 顽固的
- Croatian: tvrdoglav
- Czech: tvrdohlavý
- Danish: stædig
- Dutch: koppig
- European Spanish: testarudo
- Finnish: itsepäinen
- French: têtu
- German: stur
- Greek: πεισματάρης
- Italian: ostinato
- Japanese: 頑固な
- Korean: 고집 센
- Norwegian: sta
- Polish: uparty
- European Portuguese: teimoso
- Romanian: încăpățânat
- Russian: упрямый
- Spanish: testarudo
- Swedish: envis
- Thai: ดื้อ
- Turkish: inatçı
- Ukrainian: впертий
- Vietnamese: bướng bỉnh
Definition of stubborn from the Collins English Dictionary
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