obstinate

[ob-stuh-nit]

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.

Nearby words

  1. obstetrician,
  2. obstetrician-gynecologist,
  3. obstetrics,
  4. obstinacy,
  5. obstinance,
  6. obstinately,
  7. obstipation,
  8. obstreperous,
  9. obstruct,
  10. obstructed testis

Origin of obstinate

1350–1400; Middle English < 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) + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for obstinate

obstinate

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 Formsobstinately, 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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Word Origin and History for obstinate

obstinate

adj.

mid-14c., from Latin obstinatus "resolute, resolved, determined, inflexible, stubborn," past participle of obstinare "persist, stand stubbornly, set one's mind on," from ob "by" (see ob-) + stinare, related to stare "stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Obstinately.

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Medicine 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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