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obstinate

[ob-stuh-nit] /ˈɒb stə nɪt/
adjective
1.
firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
2.
characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude; inflexibly persisted in or carried out:
obstinate advocacy of high tariffs.
3.
not easily controlled or overcome:
the obstinate growth of weeds.
4.
not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin obstinātus (past participle of obstināre to set one's mind on, be determined), equivalent to ob- ob- + -stin-, combining form of stan- (derivative of stāre to stand) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
obstinately, adverb
obstinateness, noun
superobstinate, adjective
superobstinately, adverb
superobstinateness, noun
unobstinate, adjective
unobstinately, adverb
Synonyms
1. mulish, obdurate, unyielding, unbending, intractable, perverse, inflexible, refractory, pertinacious. See stubborn.
Antonyms
1. submissive, tractable.
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  • Languages' authorities refuse obstinately to simplify writing.
  • He accepted obscurity with the same fatalistic confidence he had shown in clinging obstinately to his waning autocracy.
  • Some people have obstinately wrong ideas about what is multiple and what is unique.
  • But now a large part of the party obstinately insists that the educated are those that should be sneered at and ignored.
  • But they obstinately refused to comply with his desires.
  • He was ready to die with vexation, and obstinately would not promise to row.
  • They and their fathers will argue obstinately that these are hairs, from a horse's mane or tail, that turned into snakes.
British Dictionary definitions for obstinately

obstinate

/ˈɒbstɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc
2.
self-willed or headstrong
3.
difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistent: an obstinate fever
Derived Forms
obstinately, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre to persist in, from ob- (intensive) + stin-, variant of stare to stand
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Word Origin and History for obstinately

obstinate

adj.

mid-14c., from Latin obstinatus "resolute, resolved, determined, inflexible, stubborn," past participle of obstinare "persist, stand stubbornly, set one's mind on," from ob "by" (see ob-) + stinare, related to stare "stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Related: Obstinately.

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obstinately in Medicine

obstinate ob·sti·nate (ŏb'stə-nĭt)
adj.

  1. Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, an opinion, or a course of action.

  2. Difficult to alleviate or cure.


ob'sti·nate·ness n.
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