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What is another word for hard-nosed?

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Guided by practical experience and observation rather than by theory
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“Corporates are shedding their earlier aloof attitude and taking a more hard-nosed approach.”
Stubborn or obstinate in manner or nature
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“Although Malone took a very hard-nosed attitude towards the poor, he was prepared to admit that many manual workers were underpaid.”
Tough and relentlessly practical and thus not given to sentiment
“No one noticed that behind the hard-nosed exterior lurked the soul of an anxiety-ridden, insecure teenager.”
Displaying a lack of sympathy, empathy or general emotions
Showing or feeling strong dislike or disrespect
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Cantankerous, stubborn, or disagreeable
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