I am looking for a word for the quality of being un-deliberately uncooperative?
So not the likes of "stubborn" which has a connotation of deliberate uncooperativeness to reason or what-have-you, but I am distinctly looking for a word that captures a much more sympathetic sense as to why one is not listening or giving in.
The word could have a connotation of "dim-wittedness".
I did find the word "pig-headed" which means "stupidly obstinate", but I am also looking for a word that would have existed in the 17th century, as the word is being used in a period-piece, and the before mentioned meaning is attested rom 1788, so there is no luck there.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.