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Definition 1: persist stubbornly - [verb of change]

Samples where obstinate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he obstinates himself against all rational arguments

(obstinate is a kind of ...) be persistent, refuse to stop

"he persisted to call me every night" "The child persisted and kept asking questions"

Definition 2: tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for obstinate in the sense of this definition

(obstinate is similar to ...) difficult to deal with

(obstinate is similar to ...) having a determined will

(obstinate is similar to ...) stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate

"unions...have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders"

(obstinate is similar to ...) obstreperous

(obstinate is similar to ...) obstinate and stupid

(obstinate is similar to ...) stubbornly unyielding

"dogged persistence" "dour determination" "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics" "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it" "men tenacious of opinion"

(obstinate is similar to ...) haughtily stubborn

"a stiff-necked old Boston brahmin"

(obstinate is similar to ...) devoting full strength and concentrated attention to

"made continued and determined efforts to find and destroy enemy headquarters"

(obstinate is similar to ...) unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack

(means also ...) not making concessions

"took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks" "uncompromising honesty"

(means also ...) not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

"disobedient children"

(means also ...) not tractable; difficult to manage or mold

"an intractable disposition" "intractable pain" "the most intractable issue of our era" "intractable metal"

Definition 3: resistant to guidance or discipline - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obstinate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mary Mary quite contrary
  • an obstinate child with a violent temper
  • a perverse mood
  • wayward behavior

Synonyms for obstinate in the sense of this definition

(obstinate is similar to ...) not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

"disobedient children"

Definition 4: stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for obstinate in the sense of this definition

(obstinate is similar to ...) not reformed morally or spiritually

"unregenerate human nature" "unregenerate conservatism"

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