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Definition of headstrong

1 : not easily restrained : impatient of control, advice, or suggestions a headstrong businessman
2 : directed by ungovernable will violent headstrong actions

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unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong mean not submissive to government or control. unruly implies lack of discipline or incapacity for discipline and often connotes waywardness or turbulence of behavior. unruly children ungovernable implies either an escape from control or guidance or a state of being unsubdued and incapable of controlling oneself or being controlled by others. ungovernable rage intractable suggests stubborn resistance to guidance or control. intractable opponents of the hazardous-waste dump refractory stresses resistance to attempts to manage or to mold. special schools for refractory children recalcitrant suggests determined resistance to or defiance of authority. acts of sabotage by a recalcitrant populace willful implies an obstinate determination to have one's own way. a willful disregard for the rights of others headstrong suggests self-will impatient of restraint, advice, or suggestion. a headstrong young cavalry officer

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The child is very headstrong. He is known for his headstrong behavior.
Recent Examples on the Web Then with the Celtics, Rondo was the brash young point guard sought to add value and smarts to a headstrong roster that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "'I blurred a lot of it out': Rajon Rondo has different memories from Lakers' last title," 30 Sep. 2020 Vengeful demons, dark magic and a headstrong heroine. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'The Hollow Ones' review: Guillermo del Toro's supernatural mystery is eerie but empty," 4 Aug. 2020 More: In youth sports, being head-smart wins over being headstrongLosing his strength and coordination was not acceptable. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: Coronavirus is no match for a life-changing bond between football player with a brain injury and his trainer," 22 May 2020 In the early part of Monday’s workout, Charlatan was a bit headstrong early when being restrained while Gingham was going along with a very slight advantage. Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita is still in a holding pattern," 24 Apr. 2020 This multiple Tony-award winner tells the story of a headstrong young girl. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona Broadway Theatre announces its 2020-21 season schedule," 11 Feb. 2020 At the center of these households are mothers who are headstrong, capricious, impossible to please. Sarah Resnick, The New Yorker, "The Tragedy of Celebrity in Anne Enright’s “Actress”," 9 Mar. 2020 All are terrific, and terrific vocalists, too, along with Sophie Reid as Meg’s headstrong daughter Ellen looking for a way out of town and Marc Akinfolarin and Joe Caffrey as dockside lifers. Deborah Wilker, Billboard, "Sting's 'The Last Ship' Sails on With Star-Studded U.S. Relaunch," 23 Jan. 2020 After becoming the great knight’s squire, Alleyne goes off to war to earn his master’s respect and the hand of his romantic, headstrong daughter, Maude. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Arthur Conan Doyle wrote more than detective novels. Let’s not forget his more swashbuckling stories.," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of headstrong

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headstrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstrong. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headstrong

: not willing to do what other people want : very stubborn


head·​strong | \ ˈhed-ˌstrȯŋ How to pronounce headstrong (audio) \

Kids Definition of headstrong

: very stubborn

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