obstinate

[ ob-stuh-nit ]
/ ˈɒb stə nɪt /

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.

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

/ (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

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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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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