stubborn

Use the adjective stubborn to describe someone who is not open to new ideas or ways of doing things, like your uncle who refuses to listen to any music made after 1990. Stubborn is the opposite of flexible.

The Middle English version of stubborn carried the sense of “untamable, implacable,” and there’s still a hint of that in how it is used today. A stubborn person holds on to a view or an attitude, refusing to change — to the point of being unreasonable. Things can also be stubborn, like a stain that no amount of scrubbing can clean or a medical condition that, even with treatment, doesn't improve.

Definitions of stubborn
  1. adjective
    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    synonyms: obstinate, unregenerate
    inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising
    not making concessions
    disobedient
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    bloody-minded, cantankerous
    stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate
    bolshy, stroppy
    obstreperous
    bullet-headed, bullheaded, pigheaded
    obstinate and stupid
    dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding
    stubbornly unyielding
    contrarious, cross-grained
    difficult to deal with
    determined
    devoting full strength and concentrated attention to
    hardheaded, mulish
    unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
    stiff-necked
    haughtily stubborn
    strong-minded, strong-willed
    having a determined will
    intractable
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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    Antonyms:
    docile
    willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed
    obedient
    dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
    meek, tame
    very docile
    sheepish, sheeplike
    like or suggestive of a sheep in docility or stupidity or meekness or timidity
    yielding
    inclined to yield to argument or influence or control
    manipulable, tractable
    easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
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  2. adjective
    not responding to treatment
    “a stubborn infection”
    stubborn rust stains”
    synonyms: refractory
    intractable
    not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
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