obstinate

[ ob-stuh-nit ]
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adjective
  1. firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.

  2. characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude; inflexibly persisted in or carried out:obstinate advocacy of high tariffs.

  1. not easily controlled or overcome: the obstinate growth of weeds.

  2. not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease.

Origin of obstinate

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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

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1. See stubborn.

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Other words from obstinate

  • ob·sti·nate·ly, adverb
  • ob·sti·nate·ness, noun
  • su·per·ob·sti·nate, adjective
  • su·per·ob·sti·nate·ly, adverb
  • su·per·ob·sti·nate·ness, noun
  • un·ob·sti·nate, adjective
  • un·ob·sti·nate·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for obstinate

obstinate

/ (ˈɒbstɪnɪt) /


adjective
  1. adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc

  2. self-willed or headstrong

  1. difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistent: an obstinate fever

Origin of obstinate

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

Derived forms of obstinate

  • obstinately, adverb

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