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Meaning of OBSTINATE

Pronunciation:  '√Ębstunit

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  persisting in a reactionary stand
  2. [adj]  resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
  3. [adj]  stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  4. [v]  persist stubbornly; "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"
 

OBSTINATE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.

 

 Synonyms: contrary, cussed, disobedient, obdurate, perverse, stubborn, unreconstructed, unregenerate, unregenerated, unrepentant, wayward
 
 See Also: hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

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

         No ass so meek, no ass so obstinate.  --Pope.

         Of sense and outward things.          --Wordsworth.

2. Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate
   fever; obstinate obstructions.

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

 
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