1. unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
Syn: ↑mulish
Similar to: ↑stubborn, ↑obstinate, ↑unregenerate
Derivationally related forms: ↑mulishness (for: ↑mulish)
2. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

a hardheaded appraisal of our position


a hard-nosed labor leader


completely practical in his approach to business


not ideology but pragmatic politics

Syn: ↑hard-nosed, ↑practical, ↑pragmatic
Similar to: ↑realistic
Derivationally related forms: ↑pragmatism (for: ↑pragmatic), ↑practice (for: ↑practical), ↑practicality (for: ↑practical)

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