• WordNet 3.6
    • n stubbornness resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
    • n stubbornness the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • n stubbornness The state or character of being inflexible or stubborn; obstinate persistence, obduracy, or refractoriness.
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  • Plato
    “There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”
  • John Dryden
    “Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.”
  • Coltvos
    “The one who overcomes egotism rids themselves of the most stubborn obstacle that blocks the way to all true greatness and all true happiness.”
  • John Adams
    “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”


Stubborn as a mule - Someone who will not listen to other people's advice and won't change their way of doing things is as stubborn as a mule.


In literature:

It seemed right that she should be punished for her stubbornness.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
Was the Squire to have a monopoly of stubbornness?
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
The young man was still stubborn.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The hawser followed the heaving line, and Nelson and Bowen, with life-lines about them, bent the stubborn end of it around the windlass.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
She always looked fierce and stubborn when she heard Michael's name.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
The three men, the cavalier leading, hung stubbornly on our track, and began steadily to ride us down.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
The stubborn nature of Law was ever ready for a challenge.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
Now, the illness is more protracted; the liver is more stubborn, the stomach more irritable, and the digestive organs are more rebellious.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
You see Grandfather Frog is stubborn.
"The Adventures of Grandfather Frog" by Thornton W. Burgess
There was a stubborn streak in Ford Campbell.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
Unteaches conquer'd Nations to Rebel, By Singing how their Stubborn Parents fell.
"Discourse on Criticism and of Poetry (1707)" by Samuel Cobb
It might make her still more stubborn in her resolve.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
I think he is rather hot-headed and maybe stubborn, if he thinks he's right.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
As a defensive fighter the stubborn Russian took a back seat for no soldier in Europe.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
As stubborn as death!
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The fighting was stubborn and the casualties on the Confederate side very numerous.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Proud and stubborn as her nature was, Joan was subdued.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
His face was as stubborn as stone.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It was wiry, stubborn hair, with a tuft in front which resembled the comb of a turkey-cock.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
She would pluck up courage and try, once again, to move Alick's stubborn will.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell

In poetry:

Knowledge, alas! 'tis all in vain,
And all in vain our fear;
Our stubborn sins will fight and reign,
If love be absent there.
"Hymn 38" by Isaac Watts
Shall brutes, devoid of thought,
Their Maker's will obey;
And we, who by his grace are taught,
More stubborn prove than they?
"The Milch Kine Drawing The Ark : Faith's Surrender Of All" by John Newton
But not a foe in front was found
After the long and stubborn fight.
The enemy had left the ground
Where we had lain that night.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope
Still the bloated trader passes,
Lord of loom and lord of mill;
On his pathway rush the masses,
Crushed beneath his stubborn will.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
The Lord builds up Jerusalem,
And gathers nations to his name;
His mercy melts the stubborn soul,
And makes the broken spirit whole.
"Psalm 147 part 1" by Isaac Watts
But, righteous Lord, his stubborn foes
Shall feel thy dreadful hand;
Thy vengeful arm shall find out those
That hate his mild command.
"Psalm 21" by Isaac Watts

In news:

BALTIMORE — Baltimore's new police commissioner is set to officially take over the force at a time when the city's stubborn homicide rate is trending upward.
With stubbornly high gasoline prices, station wagon s are suddenly appealing — and Acura's new-for-2011 TSX Sport Wagon should be especially so.
Romney, Obama campaign into wee hours of stubbornly close 2012 White House campaign.
A warning to men, aka the stubbornly determined.
IOC is stubbornly offensive on Opening Ceremonies.
Tracking medical errors remains stubbornly inconsistent.
The US jobs report for October brought news of slow improvement for the American economy, but also continued worries that the stubbornly high unemployment rate isn't changing fast enough.
Stubbornly vacant Waco buildings, small business and online piracy, and other business tidbits.
Thomas' concession graceful, but stubbornly late.
One teenager stubbornly fights to escape drugs, crime, poor education.
We've seen some positive changes, yet many continue to stubbornly bash the war in Iraq.
Is Lions' stubbornness with run game slowing the offense.
Texas City, TX — Crews battled a stubborn fire at a BP plant outside Houston, Texas, Tuesday afternoon.
For community banks, the financial crisis has been akin to a stubborn strain of virus.
This precisely controlled, FDA-cleared, patented process makes it possible to remove stubborn fat permanently.

In science:

The reader should not mind that the text itself avoids all more sophisticated considerations, but this stubborn approach should make it quite transparent to trace in which way the structure of the category of finite dimensional representations determines that of all the representations.
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
We could prove this directly by going stubbornly through the definitions of sec. 2, but this is somewhat tedious because the Lagrangian (4.72) and the corresponding supersymmetry transformations are relatively complicated.
Asymptotic generators of fermionic charges and boundary conditions preserving supersymmetry
The problem has stubbornly resisted a complete solution despite the attention of many suitors (see for a short history).
Higher dimensional distortion of random complexes
We think that our argument provides a transparent explanation for why lim m/n = 1 stubbornly remains the threshold for the constrained k-XORSAT for every k ≥ 3.
The Satisfiability Threshold for k-XORSAT
Despite many attempts, MOND resisted stubbornly to be falsified as an alternative to cold dark matter (CDM; e.g.
Testing MOND with Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxies
Finding of function w(El ) is an intricate combination problem, determination of power spectrum of El , as the set of acceptable energies for l state, is also a stubborn problem.
Probability distribution function for a solid with vacancies
The precision on the third angle of the Unitarity Triangle, γ , determined from B → DK and related decay processes, has stubbornly refused to go below the 10◦ level despite great efforts from BaBar and Belle [73, 74].
What We've Learned from Heavy Flavour Experiments Since CKM2010
In their epochal experimental researches these individuals have demonstrated originality, perseverance (i.e., stubbornness), and enormous achievement.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
QCD calculations stubbornly persist in predicting a cross section slightly above the experimental measurement.
QCD: Challenges for the Future
Both deadlocks could be resolved if drivers would follow their plans less “stubbornly”, i.e., after having unsuccessfully waited for a certain movement for a certain time period, they should just do something else.
Using microsimulation feedback for trip adaptation for realistic traffic in Dallas
The problem in both figures could be resolved by making the black vehicles less “stubborn”, i.e. eventually they decide to go straight or left.
Using microsimulation feedback for trip adaptation for realistic traffic in Dallas
In fact, she translated the article into Spanish. I was impressed not only with the demonstration of language skills, but the display of stubborn independence found in astronomers everywhere.
Proceedings of the Bonn/Bochum-Graduiertenkolleg Workshop 'The Magellanic Clouds and Other Dwarf Galaxies'
They are usually faithful to long-term programs, maybe even stubborn! Beyond the adjective “constructive”, they share in common with the “constructive” trend in mathematics, advocated for instance by Kronecker, a taste for explicit solutions, together with explicit bounds, rathere than abstract existence theorems.
Constructive Field Theory and Applications: Perspectives and Open Problems
Given their stubborn refusal to do so, perhaps it is time for their colleagues and administrators – and any willing Pennsylvania judges – to provide the necessary wake-up call.
Intelligent Design in the Physics Classroom?
Some were quickly solved, but some, related to the computation of the BPS spectrum, remained stubbornly open.
Four-dimensional N=2 Field Theory and Physical Mathematics