AskDefine | Define obstinate

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obstinate adj
1 stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing [syn: cussed, obdurate, unrepentant]
2 resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: contrary, perverse, wayward]
3 persisting in a reactionary stand [syn: stubborn, unregenerate] v : persist stubbornly; "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"

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From obstinatus, past participle of obstino.


  • a UK /ˈɒb.stɪn.ət/, /"Qb.stIn.@t/
  • a US /ˈɑbstənɪt/, /"Abst@nIt/,


  1. Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness.
  2. Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions.


  • Benjamin Franklin: "Mr. Quincy labored hard with the governor to obtain his assent, but he was obstinate."


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