Meaning of “stubborn” in the English Dictionary

"stubborn" in English

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stubbornadjective

uk /ˈstʌb.ən/ us /ˈstʌb.ɚn/

B2 disapproving A stubborn person is determined to do what he or she wants and refuses to do anything else:

They have huge arguments because they're both so stubborn.

Things that are stubborn are difficult to move, change, or deal with:

He was famed for his stubborn resistance and his refusal to accept defeat.
Stubborn stains can be removed using a small amount of detergent.

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stubbornly
adverb uk /ˈstʌb.ən.li/ us /ˈstʌb.ɚn.li/

She stubbornly refused to sign the document.
stubbornness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈstʌb.ən.nəs/ us /ˈstʌb.ɚn.nəs/

(Definition of “stubborn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stubbornadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈstʌb·ərn/

opposed to change or suggestion:

He’s sick, but he’s too stubborn to see a doctor.

If something is stubborn, it is hard to fix or deal with:

stubborn stains
a stubborn problem

(Definition of “stubborn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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stubborn

Compared with these statements, reality is stubborn.
We have everything that we need; all we need is faith and stubborn will, faith in our role and the will to fight against the tyranny of stupidity and temper.
Of course we will push others to adopt similar rules, but reform at the international level is difficult and some of our key partners are, frankly, stubborn.
We must nevertheless accept that we live in an interconnected world, and that stubborn insistence on the status quo is certainly not a viable alternative.
Stubborn bilateralism is not the way forward.
There are, however, a number of problems that are so stubborn that they are unlikely to be resolved in the immediate future.
Now that a stubborn president is refusing to accept the democratic will of the people, must the country go back to being what it was?