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"
EtymologyFrom obstinatus, past participle of obstino.
- Benjamin Franklin: "Mr. Quincy labored hard with the governor to obtain his assent, but he was obstinate."
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