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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mulishness the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mulishness The state or quality of being mulish; obstinacy or stubbornness.
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In literature:

And thus, as his mulish obstinacy kept him so ignorant, so his ignorance in turn increased his obstinacy.
"Bunyan Characters First Series" by Alexander Whyte
The answer was that a woman is (sometimes) more mulish than a mule.
"Over the Teacups" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
This will teach you what comes of acting mulishly.
"Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)" by Guy de Maupassant
This will teach you what comes of acting mulishly.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
Julien got into the cabriolet beside the driver, who began at once to belabor vigorously his mulish animal.
"A Woodland Queen, Complete" by Andre Theuriet
But here, to my horror, that young man's mulish obstinacy came in.
"Allan and the Holy Flower" by H. Rider Haggard
He knew this and yet he felt obstinate, mulish almost, as he sat down to reply non-committally to Miss Van Tuyn's letter.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
It was a fine, young chestnut gelding with a Roman nose and long, mulish ears.
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
I know I can trust you with the sloop, even if she is kind of mulish at times.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
It is not easy to say which of the two combatants is the more mulish.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had a will of his own; and he was obstinate, mulish, pig-headed.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
The instincts of the mulish heart form an interesting study to the traveler in the mountains.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
Her lank grizzled body, naked tail, and mulish look, I remembered well.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Mrs. Appel protested against Mr. Appel thus recklessly exposing himself to danger but Mr. Appel was mulish in the matter.
"The Dude Wrangler" by Caroline Lockhart
The long ears caused her to look mulish, but it was only in appearance; she was a pure mustang when you examined her attentively.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It shall not be said that I was mulish.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
I was just mulish, I guess, because you were trying to stampede me.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Mr. Spokesly assumed a mulish expression and said, No, he hadn't.
"Command" by William McFee
The young man watching him with eyes of hatred, saw guilt in that obstinate and mulish dumbness.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
There she was mulish.
"Regiment of Women" by Clemence Dane

In poetry:

Yet of all futile tasks, of all the foolish,
Absurd attempts that show of wit a lack,
The worst is his who, obstinate and mulish,
Insists that he should paint a collier black.
"Futility" by C J Dennis
I'm tired of defining hadn't oughts.
To opposition mulish,
The thoughts of youth are long long thoughts,
And Jingo! Aren't they foolish!
All which is why, in case you've wondered
I'd like a companion aged one hundred.
"You Can Be A Republican, I'm A Genocrat" by Ogden Nash