- firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
- characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude; inflexibly persisted in or carried out: obstinate advocacy of high tariffs.
- not easily controlled or overcome: the obstinate growth of weeds.
- not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease.
Origin of obstinate
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1. mulish, obdurate, unyielding, unbending, intractable, perverse, inflexible, refractory, pertinacious. See stubborn.
1. submissive, tractable.
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Examples from the Web for obstinate
Obstinate Pierre refuses to care about anything, even when a passing lion threatens to eat him.When Activism Is Worse Than Apathy
October 6, 2014
The president also learned that the Palestinians and the Arab states were every bit as obstinate as Netanyahu.From Washington To Sderot
February 7, 2013
The more the Republicans lose, the more stubborn and obstinate they become.Starbucks’ Effort to Solve the Fiscal Cliff Probably Won’t Work
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He predicted the embattled and obstinate leader will fall in a matter of days.A Strongman's Last Stand
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April 5, 2011
The vengeance-seeking, obstinate businessman and peace preacher are soon forced into a farcical confrontation.Midwinter Madness in New York 2011
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He is too obstinate; if a man can be too honest, he is too honest.The Grand Old Man
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When he was obstinate, and insisted on exerting himself, she gave in.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I'm an obstinate kind of creature, and get things by hanging on.Quaint Courtships
But Panoria was an obstinate child, and she returned to the charge.
Joseph said nothing further except, "Good-by, obstinate one!"
- adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc
- self-willed or headstrong
- difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistentan obstinate fever
C14: from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre to persist in, from ob- (intensive) + stin-, variant of stare to stand
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Word Origin and History for obstinate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action.
- Difficult to alleviate or cure.
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