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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.

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Three dueling, headstrong royals are at the center of the dispute. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018 Cut to little more than three months later: CBS and National Amusements were tussling as lawyers working under the direction of their headstrong leaders filed motions against each other. New York Times, "CBS Tries to Sell Its TV Dramas as Its Own Battle Heats Up in Court," 16 May 2018 Parvana, the younger of the family’s two daughters, displays an air of independence, with her headstrong manner and prodigious imagination. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / Women's Issues The Breadwinner is a moving, visually impressive lesson in modern Afghan history," 26 Jan. 2018 Season 8 of Suits saw the arrival of Katherine Heigl as a headstrong lawyer looking to shake things up, a move that has been well-received by critics and fans alike. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Someone Asked Meghan Markle If She's Still Watching Suits," 25 Sep. 2018 His assignment: the powerful, headstrong home secretary, Julia Montague, whose politics helped send him to war in the first place. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Three Great New Shows About Veterans to Watch This Weekend," 9 Nov. 2018 Her father hated her choice of profession; the headstrong Dina changed her name to Merrill, after Hutton's archrival investment firm Merrill Lynch. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Dina Merrill," 5 Dec. 2013 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anya Taylor-Joy is slated to play the title role in a new film adaption of the 1815 story about a headstrong young woman and matchmaker in Georgian-Regency England. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A New Adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma Is in the Works," 26 Oct. 2018 But the Saudis, in Musk’s retelling, have figured out how to patiently, skillfully work one of Silicon Valley’s most headstrong CEOs. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of headstrong

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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