Definitions for obstinateˈɒb stə nɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•sti•nate*ˈɒb stə nɪt(adj.)

  1. firmly or stubbornly adhering to a purpose, opinion, or course of action.

  2. not easily or readily treated, controlled, or overcome, as a disease.

* Syn: See stubborn.

Origin of obstinate:

1350–1400; ME < L obstinātus, ptp. of obstināre to set one's mind on, be determined =ob-ob-+stināre, der. of stāre to stand


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerate(adj)

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

  2. cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant(adj)

    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

  3. contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(verb)

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"

  4. obstinate(verb)

    persist stubbornly

    "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. obstinate(adjective)ˈɒb stə nɪt

    unwilling to change; = stubborn

    an obstinate old man


  1. obstinate(Adjective)

    Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent.

  2. obstinate(Adjective)

    Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.

  3. Origin: From obstinatus, past participle of obstino, from + *, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstinate(adj)

    pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness

  2. Obstinate(adj)

    not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions

Translations for obstinate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


refusing to yield, obey etc

She won't change her mind; – she's very obstinate.

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