hard·​head·​ed | \ˈhärd-ˈhe-dəd \

Definition of hardheaded 

2 : concerned with or involving practical considerations : sober, realistic some hardheaded advice a hardheaded observer of winds and tides

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hardheadedly adverb
hardheadedness noun

Examples of hardheaded in a Sentence

He was always hardheaded about getting his way. We need to take a more hardheaded approach to these problems. She gave him some hardheaded advice.
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Russia takes a hardheaded approach to peacekeeping. Richard Gowan, Washington Post, "Could U.N. peacekeepers help end the war in Ukraine?," 1 Mar. 2018 Gutiérrez, who came from a humble upbringing in Sinaloa State, was known as the mature leader who often stood up for Lozano, a small speedster whose hardheaded personality clashed with coaches and teammates. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018 Felicia knew from the start and was hardheaded about it. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 That diplomatic disengagement might seem like hardheaded realism about the limits of U.S. power. Daniel Benaim, New Republic, "Trump’s Middle East Policy: The Good(ish), the Bad, and the Ugly," 19 Jan. 2018 The natural course of the show long ago turned Frank Underwood into a nearly unbearable character, a hardheaded man who would do anything to maintain his grip on power. Yohana Desta, HWD, "House of Cards Season 6 Will Be All About Claire Underwood—Finally," 4 Dec. 2017 Despite these promising beginnings, ultimately Mr. Dalio’s principles are a disappointing mix of the hardheaded and starry-eyed, the insightful and inconsistent, the sensible and clueless. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "Life and Work, Codified at Last," 1 Oct. 2017 Another requirement may well be a combative attitude, a streak of hardheaded resistance. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Review: Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, Electric, Not Just Nostalgic, at Desert Trip OCT. 8, 2016," 10 Oct. 2016 Mutual-fund managers are paid to ferret out the best stocks with hardheaded analysis. Jeff Brown, WSJ, "Some Fund Managers Let Their Political Biases Show When Picking Stocks," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of hardheaded

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hardheaded

: not willing to change ideas or opinions : very stubborn

: having or involving careful and practical thoughts and ideas that are not influenced by emotions : practical and realistic


hard·​head·​ed | \ˈhärd-ˈhe-dəd \

Kids Definition of hardheaded

2 : using or showing good judgment a hardheaded businessman

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