Obstinate meaning

ŏbstə-nĭt
The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.

An example of obstinate is a person who drives during a severe hurricane despite major warnings not to do so.

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

An obstinate fever.

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Difficult to alleviate or cure.
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Difficult to manage, control, or treat.

An obstinate problem; an obstinate headache.

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Unreasonably determined to have one's own way; not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn; dogged; mulish.
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Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.
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Not easily subdued, ended, etc.
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Origin of obstinate

  • Middle English obstinat from Latin obstinātus past participle of obstināre to persist stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstinō (“set one's mind firmly upon, resolve"), from ob (“before") + *stinare, from stare (“to stand").

    From Wiktionary