obstinate definition

  • adjective:
    • Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or plan of action; obdurate.
    • Difficult to handle, control, or subdue; refractory.
    • tough to alleviate or heal: an obstinate hassle.
    • Stubbornly sticking with a viewpoint, function, or program, generally with implied unreasonableness; persistent.
    • stated of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.
    • Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, function, or course; persistent; maybe not yielding to explanation, arguments, or any other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness.
    • Not yielding; perhaps not quickly subdued or eliminated
    • resistant to assistance or control
    • stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    • tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
  • others:
    • Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, function, or plan of action; perhaps not yielding to debate, persuasion, or entreaty; headstrong.
    • Springing from or suggesting obstinacy.
    • Not quickly controlled or removed; unyielding to treatment: because, an obstinate coughing; an obstinate hassle.
    • Synonyms Obstinate, Stubborn, Intractable, Refractory, Contumacious, pertinacious, headstrong, unyielding, dogged, wilful, persistent, immovable, rigid, fast, resolute. 1st five words today imply a good and vicious or disobedient refusal to yield, a resolute or unmanageable standing upon one's very own might. Stubborn is purely bad: a stubborn youngster won't hear advice or commands, but possibly does not have any definite purpose of his or her own. Obstinate is active: the obstinate man will execute his objective regardless of guidance, remonstrance, appeals, or force. The past three regarding the italicized words imply disobedience to proper expert. Intractable, virtually never to be drawn, managed, or governed, is negative; therefore is refractory: both advise sullenness or perverseness; refractory is much more appropriate in which resistance is actual: therefore the extension associated with the term to put on to metals. Contumacious integrates pleasure, haughtiness, or insolence with disobedience; in law this means wilfully disobedient towards sales of a court.
  • verb:
    • persist stubbornly

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