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  • The quality or condition of being obstinate; stubbornness.

    ‘his reputation for obstinacy’
    • ‘His persistence, even obstinacy, marked him out.’
    • ‘The obduracy and obstinacy of human beings is what enables them to fight for their countries, repel invaders and maintain their solidarity.’
    • ‘If Richards's film is a tribute to the tenacity of the treasure hunters, its very existence is proof of his dogged obstinacy.’
    • ‘Experimental films owe their sole existence to the perseverance and obstinacy of the filmmakers, sometimes at the risk of their lives.’
    • ‘He hoped his parents would not be difficult for he was not in the mood for their stubborn obstinacy.’
    stubbornness, inflexibility, intransigence, intractability, intractableness, obduracy, mulishness, pig-headedness, bull-headedness, wilfulness, self-will, strong-mindedness, contrariness, perversity, perverseness, uncooperativeness, recalcitrance, refractoriness, unmanageableness, stiffness, rigidity, steeliness, implacability, relentlessness, immovability, persistence, persistency, tenacity, tenaciousness, doggedness, pertinacity, pertinaciousness, single-mindedness, firmness, steadfastness, determination
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