obstinacy

[ ob-stuh-nuh-see ]
/ ˈɒb stə nə si /

noun, plural ob·sti·na·cies for 5.

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.

Nearby words

  1. obstetrical paralysis,
  2. obstetrically,
  3. obstetrician,
  4. obstetrician-gynecologist,
  5. obstetrics,
  6. obstinance,
  7. obstinate,
  8. obstinately,
  9. obstipation,
  10. obstreperous

Origin of obstinacy

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin obstinātia, derivative of Latin obstinātus (see obstinate); see -cy

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British Dictionary definitions for obstinacy

obstinacy

/ (ˈɒbstɪnəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being obstinate
an obstinate act, attitude, etc
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Word Origin and History for obstinacy

obstinacy

n.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin obstinatia, from obstinatus (see obstinate).

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