Obstinate Definition

ŏbstə-nĭt
adjective
Unreasonably determined to have one's own way; not yielding to reason or plea; stubborn; dogged; mulish.
Webster's New World
Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; obdurate.
American Heritage
Resisting remedy or treatment.
An obstinate fever.
Webster's New World
Characterized by such adherence.
An obstinate refusal.
American Heritage
Difficult to manage, control, or treat.
An obstinate problem; an obstinate headache.
American Heritage
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Origin of Obstinate

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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