- 1Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so: her obstinate determination to pursue a career in radioMore example sentences
stubborn, headstrong, wilful, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, mulish, stubborn as a mule, pig-headed, bull-headed, self-willed, strong-minded, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, unmanageable, cross-grained, stiff-necked, stiff, rigid, steely, iron-willed, uncompromising, implacable, relentless, unrelenting, unpersuadable, immovable, unmalleable, unshakeable, inexorable, with one's toes/feet dug in, persistent, persevering, tenacious, pertinacious, dogged, single-minded, adamant, firm, steadfast, determinedNorth American • informal balky• rare contrarious, indurate
- You can have really strong, obstinate opinions, so long as your facts are true, you're OK.
- Thanks to the Prime Minister, s remarks, many people think that both farmers and the county council are being obstinate in refusing to reopen footpaths and bridle ways.
- Being the obstinate set of girls they were, the debate would carry on until one of them had decided it best to just kill the subject.
- 1.1(Of an unwelcome situation) very difficult to change or overcome: the obstinate problem of unemploymentMore example sentences
- Meanwhile, I simply dozed off, and dreamt of being chased by a group of spear-throwing Alpine warriors, presumably because of a particularly obstinate piece of grass that was sticking into my left thigh.
- The movie is a study in intolerance, though less the big, genocidal brand than the petty, obstinate kind that occurs in situations where a man sets himself apart from his community.
- Those inept, self-important idiots ran that place into the ground, creating unnecessary crises through decades of obstinate mismanagement.
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- With a second blow Becket, still obstinately upright, said: ‘Into thy hands, oh Lord, I commend my spirit.’
- For a number of years now a former professor obstinately corrects me each time I refer to the Internet as a ‘place.’
- Imagine him sticking to his guns and obstinately insisting that appeasement wasn't wrongheaded, there just wasn't enough of it.
Middle English: from Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare 'persist'.