Obstinate Ob"sti*nate, a. [L. obstinatus, p. p. of obstinare to set about a thing with firmness, to persist in; ob (see {Ob-}) + a word from the root of stare to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Destine}.] 1. Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness. [1913 Webster]

I have known great cures done by obstinate resolution of drinking no wine. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

No ass so meek, no ass so obstinate. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Of sense and outward things. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Stubborn; inflexible; immovable; firm; pertinacious; persistent; headstrong; opinionated; unyielding; refractory; contumacious. See {Stubborn}. [1913 Webster] -- {Ob"sti*nate*ly}, adv. -- {Ob"sti*nate*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • obstinateness — ob·sti·nate·ness …   English syllables

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  • obstinate — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French obstinat, Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare to be resolved, from ob in the way + stinare (akin to stare to stand) Date: 14th century 1. perversely adhering to an opinion, purpose …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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