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obstinate

[ ob-stuh-nit ]
/ ˈɒb stə nɪt /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of obstinate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin obstinātus (past participle of obstināre “to set one's mind on, be determined”), equivalent to ob-ob- + -stin-, combining form of stan- (derivative of stāre “to stand,” stand) + -ātus-ate1

synonym study for obstinate

1. See stubborn.

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British Dictionary definitions for obstinate

obstinate
/ (ˈɒbstɪnɪt) /

adjective
adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc
self-willed or headstrong
difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistentan obstinate fever

Derived forms of obstinate

obstinately, adverb

Word Origin for obstinate

C14: from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre to persist in, from ob- (intensive) + stin-, variant of stare to stand
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Medical definitions for obstinate

obstinate
[ ŏbstə-nĭt ]

adj.
Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action.
Difficult to alleviate or cure.
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