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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubbornness, obstinacy, obstinance, mulishnessnoun

    the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome

  2. stubbornness, bullheadedness, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-willnoun

    resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires


  1. stubbornnessnoun

    The state of being stubborn.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stubbornnessnoun

    Obstinacy; vicious stoutness; contumacy; inflexibility.

    Etymology: from stubborn.

    Happy is your grace,
    That can translate the stubbornness of fortune
    Into so quiet and so sweet a style. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    He chose a course least subject to envy, between stiff stubbornness and filthy flattery. John Hayward.

    Patriots, in peace, assert the people’s right,
    With noble stubbornness resisting might. Dryden.

    Stubbornness, and an obstinate disobedience, must be mastered with blows. John Locke.

    It failed, partly by the accidents of a storm, and partly by the stubbornness or treachery of that colony for whose relief it was designed. Jonathan Swift.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stubbornness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stubbornness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stubbornness in a Sentence

  1. Charles Koch:

    Twenty-seven years ago, David was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and given a grim prognosis of a few years to live, david liked to say that a combination of brilliant doctors, state-of-the-art medications and his own stubbornness kept the cancer at bay. We can all be grateful that it did, because he was able to touch so many more lives as a result.

  2. Anthony D'Angelo:

    Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.

  3. Janvier Chouteu-Chando:

    Stubbornness is the bearer of disaster…”

  4. Peter McWilliams:

    Stubbornness is also determination. It's simply a matter of shifting from won't power to will power.

  5. Clifford Villalon:

    Stubbornness is not the opposite of leniency, but the extension of tolerance.

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