Definition of stubbornly in English:



  • 1In a manner that shows dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something.

    ‘she stubbornly refused to acknowledge my point of view’
    ‘I remained stubbornly silent’
    • ‘He is a Luddite, who stubbornly clings to the past.’
    • ‘They stubbornly insist that online piracy is the problem.’
    • ‘These individuals take the Scripture seriously and stubbornly advocate freedom of belief for all.’
    • ‘The suspect was beautiful, dangerous, and, following her capture, stubbornly unrepentant.’
    1. 1.1In a way that is difficult to move, remove, or improve.
      ‘the door stubbornly refused to open’
      ‘unemployment remains stubbornly high’
      • ‘As a result of this hormonal inhibition, your body stores fat and holds on to it stubbornly.’
      • ‘The stones at Carnac weave strange spells on this wave-tossed promontory that juts so stubbornly into the Atlantic.’
      • ‘Run as a co-operative venture, this ski resort has stubbornly, and rather refreshingly, anchored itself in the past.’
      • ‘The source of his fever remained stubbornly elusive.’
      • ‘This emphatic analysis, along with many other stubbornly negative trials, signals the end for vitamin E as a general prophylactic against cancer and heart disease.’