early 15c., from Medieval Latin obstinantia, from obstinantem, from obstinatus "resolved, determined, resolute" (see obstinate).
perseverance, resolve, grit, stubbornness, willpower, seriousness, decisiveness, firmness, fortitude, persistence, determination, resolution, reluctance, purpose, tenacity, pigheadedness, tenaciousness, pertinacity, perversity, perverseness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Examples from the Web for obstinance
Bruce Bartlett wonders if the obstinance of the GOP's conservative wing will lead to a new era of bipartisanship.Here's Something Debt Ceiling Obstinance May Create: A New Bipartisan Era|Justin Green|January 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST