What does obstinacy mean?

Definitions for obstinacyˈɒb stə nə si

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word obstinacy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubbornness, obstinacy, obstinance, mulishness(noun)

    the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome

  2. stubbornness, bullheadedness, obstinacy, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will(noun)

    resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires


  1. obstinacy(Noun)

    The state, or an act, of stubbornness or doggedness.

    He finished only through a mixture of determined obstinacy and ingenuity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstinacy(noun)

    a fixedness in will, opinion, or resolution that can not be shaken at all, or only with great difficulty; firm and usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose, or system; unyielding disposition; stubborness; pertinacity; persistency; contumacy

  2. Obstinacy(noun)

    the quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; as, the obstinacy of a disease or evil

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. obstinacy

    1. To stick to your favorite lie or truth because you know you are wrong in either case. 2. The ego's peacock-plumes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstinacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstinacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Voltaire, Candide:

    [Optimism is] the obstinacy of maintaining that everything is best when it is worst.

  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces obstinacy, it sharpens the sense of alienation and strengthens the power of resistance.

Images & Illustrations of obstinacy

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Translations for obstinacy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Eigensinn, SturheitGerman
  • testarudez, obstinación, porfía, terquedadSpanish
  • اشتیاقPersian
  • itsepäisyys, itsepintaisuusFinnish
  • entêtement, obstinationFrench
  • csökönyösségHungarian
  • 意地, 頑固Japanese
  • упорност, своеглавост, инает, тврдоглавостMacedonian
  • încăpățânare, obstinațieRomanian
  • упрямство, упорствоRussian

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