Stubborn and Willful


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Stubborn adjective – Sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion.
Usage example: he's just being stubborn, refusing even to try the new toothpaste

Willful is a synonym for stubborn in obstinate topic. In some cases you can use "Willful" instead an adjective "Stubborn".
Nearby Words: stubbornness, stubbornly
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Willful adjective – Given to resisting authority or another's control.
Usage example: a particularly willful horse that took weeks to break to saddle

Stubborn is a synonym for willful. You can use "Stubborn" instead an adjective "Willful".
Nearby Words: willed, willfulness, willfully
Synonyms for Willful

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  • Mr. Muffykins Spitz-type dogs (the Spitz itself, Huskies and other sled dogs, Shiba Inus, etc.) are in general much more willful, headstrong, and stubborn than most other dogs, and have a huge amount of energy—they are not lap dogs.
    Source: Mr. Muffykins
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