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[ob-stuh-nuh-see] /ˈɒb stə nə si/
noun, plural obstinacies for 5.
the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.
unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion, etc.
stubborn persistence:
The garrison fought on with incredible obstinacy.
resistance to cure, relief, or treatment, as a disease.
an instance of being obstinate; an obstinate act, viewpoint, etc.
Origin of obstinacy
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin obstinātia, derivative of Latin obstinātus (see obstinate); see -cy Unabridged
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  • Besides, that obstinacy needs to be properly tested.
  • Likewise, teachers should not pin the blame for a failure to convince the student merely on the obstinacy of the student.
  • If necessary, a little imagination and obstinacy can turn any place into a theater.
  • Were the consequences not so great, it would be a respectable form of obstinacy.
  • Their obstinacy in sticking to their customs, one could not deny it respect.
  • He was particularly effective in two sketches about the obstinacy of objects.
  • His obstinacy in the face of bleak odds has impressed, as has his tenacious hounding of the coalition government.
  • His devotion to principle was often seen by others, not always incorrectly, as a form of political inactivity and obstinacy.
  • The thin line between obstinacy and lunacy has ultimately been blurred.
  • The obstinacy among golfers applies as much to preventive measures as to medical treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for obstinacy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being obstinate
an obstinate act, attitude, etc
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Word Origin and History for obstinacy

late 14c., from Medieval Latin obstinatia, from obstinatus (see obstinate).

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