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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 For all his success on the court, Bryant could be an abrasive teammate, a headstrong player to coach, and for some fans, a difficult athlete to root for. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "In a city full of stars, Kobe Bryant often shined brightest," 28 Jan. 2020 Harriet is wholly headstrong and capable of leading others towards freedom through the Underground Railroad from the film’s start. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Harriet" Film Falls Short in Telling a Nuanced Black Narrative," 30 Oct. 2019 Critics said the young prince was brash and headstrong, and a destabilizing force in the region. New York Times, "With U.S. Help No Longer Assured, Saudis Try a New Strategy: Talks," 26 Dec. 2019 Wyche has many wonderful qualities, but except for those rare occasions when Paul Brown calls him on the carpet, no one tempers the fiery brilliance of the headstrong head coach. Tim Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "30 years ago: Sam Wyche’s ‘You don’t live in Cleveland’ speech," 10 Dec. 2019 The British newcomer infuses the historically less likable March sister with fresh verve and heart, going toe-to-toe with her headstrong eldest sister Jo (Saoirse Ronan). Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "7 stars who blew us away doing something entirely new in 2019," 28 Nov. 2019 More from Kurtis Alexander Reynolds is known as a headstrong administrator and protector of parks. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite National Park to get a change of leadership — again," 23 Oct. 2019 But despite wanting her mother in her life, the headstrong teenager wouldn't listen. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Criminalizing 'children who have been traumatized': How foster care led to prison," 20 Nov. 2019 Known in her youth for being headstrong, Buppha Devi was the subject of much gossip about her colorful romantic life, which sometimes put her at odds with her father. Washington Post, "Norodom Buppha Devi, Cambodian princess and classical dancer, dies at 76," 18 Nov. 2019

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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 28 Feb. 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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