- 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
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Antonyms for obstinate
Related Words for obstinatelyfirmly, inflexibly, resolutely, unreasonably, contumaciously, determinedly, doggedly, fixedly, indomitably, intractably, persistently, pertinaciously, staunchly, steadfastly, tenaciously, unflinchingly, unwaveringly, unyieldingly, willfully
Examples from the Web for obstinately
Historical Examples of obstinately
One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.The Devil's Dictionary
Walter began to breathe quickly, and his lips were agitated; then he set them obstinately.Alice Adams
The latter had not opened his lips since he had so obstinately resumed his work.
And so during the third year he obstinately toiled on a work of revolt.
While I was obstinately persevering a plan dawned on my mind.
- adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc
- self-willed or headstrong
- difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistentan obstinate fever
Word Origin for obstinate
- Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action.
- Difficult to alleviate or cure.