What does obstinate mean?

Definitions for obstinate
ˈɒb stə nɪtob·sti·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerateadjective

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

  2. cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentantadjective

    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

  3. contrary, obstinate, perverse, waywardverb

    resistant to guidance or discipline

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

  4. obstinateverb

    persist stubbornly

    "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"


  1. obstinateadjective

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

  2. obstinateadjective

    Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBSTINATEadjective

    Stubborn; contumacious; fixed in resolution. Absolutely used, it has an ill sense; but relatively, it is neutral.

    Etymology: obstinatus, Lat.

    The queen is obstinate,
    Stubborn to justice, apt t’ accuse it, and
    Disdainful to be try’d by’t. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Except you mean with obstinate repulse,
    To slay your sov’reign. William Shakespeare.

    I have known great cures done by obstinate resolutions of drinking no wine. William Temple.

    Her father did not fail to find
    In all she spoke, the greatness of her mind;
    Yet thought she was not obstinate to die,
    Nor deem’d the death she promis’d was so nigh. Dryden.

    Look on Simo’s mate;
    No ass so meek, no ass so obstinate. Alexander Pope, Ep. ii.


  1. obstinate

    Obstinate refers to someone who is stubbornly refusing to change their opinion or course of action, regardless of attempts to persuade them to do so. It often suggests a strong-willed or persistent determination and can sometimes be interpreted as a negative trait implying inflexibility or unreasonableness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstinateadjective

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

  2. Obstinateadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obstinate

    ob′sti-nāt, adj. blindly or excessively firm: unyielding: stubborn: not easily subdued or remedied.—ns. Ob′stinacy, Ob′stinateness, the condition of being obstinate: excess of firmness: stubbornness: fixedness that yields with difficulty, as a disease.—adv. Ob′stinately. [L. obstināre, -ātumob, in the way of, stāre, to stand.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. obstinate

    In a military sense, means determined; fixed in resolution; as, an obstinate resistance.

Editors Contribution

  1. obstinate

    Always blaming never accepting responsibility.

    Submitted by anonymous on September 22, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstinate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstinate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of obstinate in a Sentence

  1. Annette Fuentes:

    There are smarter, more effective ways to deal with an obstinate teenager than using force, when I see what happened in South Carolina, I wonder what the teacher was thinking. Was he or she empowered to handle that on their own? Do they need more training? We should give any teacher the training they need. They are the ones who should control their classrooms.

  2. Katharine Whitehorn:

    I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool.

  3. Proverb:

    Fools and obstinate men make rich lawyers.

  4. Shimon Peres:

    Leading the Jewish people is not easy-we are a divided, obstinate, highly individualistic people who have cultivated faith, sharp-wittedness and polemics to a very high level.

  5. Proverb:

    Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.

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