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[ ob-stuh-nuh-see ]


, plural ob·sti·na·cies
  1. the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.
  2. unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion, etc.
  3. stubborn persistence:

    The garrison fought on with incredible obstinacy.

  4. resistance to cure, relief, or treatment, as a disease.
  5. an instance of being obstinate; an obstinate act, viewpoint, etc.


/ ˈɒbstɪnəsɪ /


  1. the state or quality of being obstinate
  2. an obstinate act, attitude, etc

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Word History and Origins

Origin of obstinacy1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin obstinātia, from Latin obstinātus “determined” (adjective use of past participle of obstināre “to set one's mind on, be determined”; obstinate ) + -ia -y 3
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Example Sentences

Something about this year’s negotiation has reinvigorated an obstinacy that used to define these negotiations every five years.

No, to find obstinacy like this, you have to go back, yes, to the pre-Civil War era.

"This is foolishness," Reid said after the vote of the continued obstinacy.

We need your opposition, your obstinacy rather than a united Europe.

And it makes the pettiness and obstinacy on display in the U.S. over these negotiations all the more unseemly.

He could start this week by telling Republicans, hey, gang, let's drop the unceasing obstinacy.

This unreasoning, feminine obstinacy so wrought upon him that he permitted himself a smile and a lapse into irony and banter.

You fancied, perhaps, I would stand haggling with you all night, and yield at last to your obstinacy.

A glorious vision, in which the prophet's lips are cleansed: he foretelleth the obstinacy of the Jews.

She has an obstinacy and a perseverance in sticking at you that drive you almost wild, but make you learn "lots" in the end.

He reproaches the Jews for their obstinacy: he will deliver them out of their captivity, for his own name's sake.