Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being mulish; obstinacy or stubbornness.

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  • noun The characteristic of being mulish.

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  • noun the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome

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Examples

  • Ambition was already awake within him; but it needed Sprudell's sneers to sting his pride, Sprudell's ingratitude and arrogant assumption of success in whatever it pleased him to undertake, to arouse in Bruce that stubborn, dogged, half-sullen obstinacy which his father had called mulishness but which the farmer's wife with her surer woman's intuition had recognized as one of the traits which make for achievement.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • "You've got a kind of mulishness, and you've got gall, and when things are goin 'your way you'll take long chances, but they ain't the traits that gives a person the sand to stand out in the open with their head up and let the storms whip thunder out of them without a whimper."

    The Lady Doc

  • Yes, Uncle Abel was always grasping the wrong end of things, and sticking to it with that human mulishness which is often stronger, and more often wearies and breaks down the opposition than an intelligent man's arguments.

    Children of the Bush

  • It had been a pet mule in a family of children until Collins's keen eyes rested on it; and it had known only love and kindness and much laughter for its foolish mulishness.

    CHAPTER XXVI

  • Even some of the state's Democrats are protesting the Administration's mulishness.

    Off the California Rails

  • To demonstrate Britain's enduring mulishness, Pryor points to the fact that by the 6th century AD it boasted no big towns.

    The Making of the British Landscape by Francis Pryor

  • But even I, in my mulishness, even I have brushed up against that thing, at times.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

  • But even I, in my mulishness, even I have brushed up against that thing, at times.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

  • But even I, in my mulishness, even I have brushed up against that thing, at times.

    Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

  • What is the percentage for mulishness that the Obama Campaign needs to factor into a strategy for winning electoral votes?

    Mayhill Fowler: Iowa Republican Change Candidate

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