American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shrewd; intelligent or clearheaded and firm; not easily deceived or humbugged: as, a hard-headed politician.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having sound judgment; sagacious; shrewd; practical and pragmatic.
- adj. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
- adj. unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
“ZAKARIA: It's a difficult question because McCain used to be more of a kind of hardheaded, pragmatic Republican, the type of Henry Kissinger or Brent Scowcroft.”
“ZAKARIA: But there's also a part of it that has to do with foreign policy, where the Republican Party that you served under seemed to stand for something very coherent, a kind of hardheaded internationalism, engagement, pragmatism.”
“Such decisions were a kind of hardheaded practicality he'd picked up from his father without really noticing he had done so.”
“The first 48 hours I was kind of hardheaded about it.”
“Evan Mecham as "hardheaded" and called on him to resign, and two years later stated that the Republican party had been taken over by a”
“He is kind of hardheaded and doesn't want to take charity," Wolfe said.”
“In the telling of the history of the West, “bottom-up” scholars replaced the silly romanticism of older historians with a far more intelligent and hardheaded narrative of American expansion.”
“Osumi, sensei, thought that an American might be too hardheaded for seiki to enter, so she went overboard in softening him up.”
“If I weren't so damn hardheaded and love bowhunting so much, I would have traded that treestand time for more time fishing.”
““Leave it to a hardheaded Redolian not to listen to sound advice.””
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