- the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.
- unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion, etc.
- stubborn persistence: The garrison fought on with incredible obstinacy.
- resistance to cure, relief, or treatment, as a disease.
- an instance of being obstinate; an obstinate act, viewpoint, etc.
Origin of obstinacy
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Examples from the Web for obstinacy
We need your opposition, your obstinacy rather than a united Europe.German Newspaper Tells Britain To Stay in EU Because They Love The Royals
January 24, 2013
And it makes the pettiness and obstinacy on display in the U.S. over these negotiations all the more unseemly.Fiscal Cliff Stalemate Needs Two-Party Solution
December 10, 2012
Kennedy later said that his obstinacy in dealing with Nixon until it was too late was his single greatest regret.A Short History of Health-Care Disasters
The Daily Beast
October 13, 2009
And Mr. Solmes can't help your obstinacy: let that be observed too.
As to the rest, you have by your obstinacy put it out of my power to do any thing for you.
When your obstinacy is equal to any other person's passion, blame not your brother.
Her ivory forehead was wrinkled charmingly in a little frown of obstinacy.Within the Law
He had discovered courage in her and something uncommonly like obstinacy of mind.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- the state or quality of being obstinate
- an obstinate act, attitude, etc
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Word Origin and History for obstinacy
late 14c., from Medieval Latin obstinatia, from obstinatus (see obstinate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper