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"stubborn" in British 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 ​hugearguments 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 ​acceptdefeat. Stubborn stains can be ​removed using a ​smallamount 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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