- 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 obstinately
One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.The Devil's Dictionary
Walter began to breathe quickly, and his lips were agitated; then he set them obstinately.Alice Adams
The latter had not opened his lips since he had so obstinately resumed his work.
And so during the third year he obstinately toiled on a work of revolt.
While I was obstinately persevering a plan dawned on my mind.
- 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 obstinately
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- Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action.
- Difficult to alleviate or cure.
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