Meaning of obstinate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒbstɪnət/

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  • 1Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.

    ‘her obstinate determination to pursue a career in radio’
    • ‘You can have really strong, obstinate opinions, so long as your facts are true, you're OK.’
    • ‘Thanks to the Prime Minister, s remarks, many people think that both farmers and the county council are being obstinate in refusing to reopen footpaths and bridle ways.’
    • ‘Being the obstinate set of girls they were, the debate would carry on until one of them had decided it best to just kill the subject.’
    • ‘Despite his obstinate attitude, he beckoned for Eva and Sofia to accompany him.’
    • ‘In his prose he becomes a powerful presence, a personality with obstinate opinions and sardonic asides.’
    • ‘They retain their anger for a long time and are obstinate in their opinions.’
    • ‘From what he knew, Miette was obstinate, so stubborn that it was odd to see her even shed a tear from physical pain, let alone emotional.’
    • ‘This person is the most opinionated, wrong, obstinate person I've seen in this courtroom.’
    • ‘Then, when I stand up for myself (maybe not always in the best of situations), or when I act stubborn and obstinate, I fight with people.’
    • ‘He is proving to be about as obstinate, determined and defiant as I.’
    • ‘She was opinionated and obstinate, and Charles soon found he had nothing to worry about.’
    • ‘Why be obstinate and persist in planting rice if eventually we don't make any money?’
    • ‘For the grey-haired, being young is often equated with being hot-headed, turbulent, self-willed, obstinate, and too hot to handle.’
    • ‘I dealt with her as I dealt with my own mother, who could also be obstinate and single-minded, I did my best to avoid telling Kay things I knew she did not want to hear.’
    • ‘Taureans, signified by the bull, were often described as obstinate and inflexible, while Pisceans could be risk-takers and daredevils.’
    • ‘He was self-willed, obstinate, aggressive, vindictive, beset by feelings of inferiority, and yet firmly convinced of his own abilities.’
    • ‘He was familiar with her obstinate behaviour, and knew that any attempt to dissuade her from doing what she wanted would only invoke her anger.’
    • ‘But, as the obstinate refusers show, it is possible to opt out of particular activities because others will happily take them on.’
    • ‘While once children were called stupid, lazy, naughty or obstinate, now we have many syndromes and disorders - all still imperfectly understood - that medicalise their behaviour.’
    • ‘Parents should back off when their teen is moody - teenagers very often don't even know the reason for their mood change and it can go from sad to happy, from obstinate to cooperative within a short time.’
    • ‘Then the temperamental keyboards decided to be obstinate, gave one little gasp and retired leaving their conductor Victor Philip with nothing to guide them with but enthusiasm.’
    stubborn, headstrong, wilful, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, mulish, stubborn as a mule, pig-headed, bull-headed, self-willed, strong-minded, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, unmanageable, cross-grained, stiff-necked, stiff, rigid, steely, iron-willed, uncompromising, implacable, relentless, unrelenting, unpersuadable, immovable, unmalleable, unshakeable, inexorable, with one's feet dug in, with one's toes dug in, persistent, persevering, tenacious, pertinacious, dogged, single-minded, adamant, firm, steadfast, determined
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    1. 1.1(of an unwelcome situation) very difficult to change or overcome.
      ‘the obstinate problem of unemployment’
      • ‘Meanwhile, I simply dozed off, and dreamt of being chased by a group of spear-throwing Alpine warriors, presumably because of a particularly obstinate piece of grass that was sticking into my left thigh.’
      • ‘The movie is a study in intolerance, though less the big, genocidal brand than the petty, obstinate kind that occurs in situations where a man sets himself apart from his community.’
      • ‘Those inept, self-important idiots ran that place into the ground, creating unnecessary crises through decades of obstinate mismanagement.’
      • ‘She continued to rip off the obstinate gnashing steel contraption to no avail.’
      • ‘This would go a long way to reduce some of our citizens' obstinate dependence on the weekly collection of waste.’
      • ‘Indeed, ‘Anglo-Saxon’ continuity in dismissive irritation is as tenacious as French continuity in obstinate and distinctive ambition.’
      • ‘The other America, whether montagnard or prairie, is solidly continental and landlocked, its tap roots of obstinate self-belief buried deep beneath the bluegrass and the high corn.’
      • ‘The feature provides the workaround for its obstinate blocking of incoming packets, in some cases.’
      • ‘As anticipated, the resumed negotiations failed to bring about a substantial breakthrough because both Pyongyang and Washington did not budge from their obstinate positions.’


Middle English from Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare ‘persist’.