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mulish

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adjective mul·ish \ˈmyü-lish\

Simple Definition of mulish

  • : refusing to do what other people want or to change your opinion or the way you do something : very stubborn

Full Definition of mulish

  1. :  unreasonably and inflexibly obstinate

mul·ish·ly adverb
mul·ish·ness noun

Examples of mulish

  1. She approached the job with mulish determination.

  2. a mulish insistence on doing things his own way



Origin of mulish

1mule


First Known Use: 1751

Synonym Discussion of mulish

obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence <an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories>. dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence <pursued the story with dogged perseverance>. stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable <a person too stubborn to admit error>. pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence <a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer>. mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy <a mulish determination to have his own way>.

Rhymes with mulish



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