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OBSTINACY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obstinacy mean? 

OBSTINACY (noun)
  The noun OBSTINACY has 2 senses:

1. the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
2. resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires

  Familiarity information: OBSTINACY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBSTINACY (noun)


Sense 1obstinacy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of being difficult to handle or overcome

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

mulishness; obstinacy; obstinance; stubbornness

Hypernyms ("obstinacy" is a kind of...):

intractability; intractableness (the trait of being hard to influence or control)


Sense 2obstinacy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

bullheadedness; self-will; pigheadedness; stubbornness; obstinance; obstinacy

Hypernyms ("obstinacy" is a kind of...):

firmness; firmness of purpose; resoluteness; resolution; resolve (the trait of being resolute)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "obstinacy"):

impenitence; impenitency (the trait of refusing to repent)

intransigence; intransigency (the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise)


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