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OBSTINATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does obstinate mean? 

OBSTINATE (adjective)
  The adjective OBSTINATE has 3 senses:

1. tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
2. stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
3. resistant to guidance or discipline

  Familiarity information: OBSTINATE used as an adjective is uncommon.


OBSTINATE (verb)
  The verb OBSTINATE has 1 sense:

1. persist stubbornly

  Familiarity information: OBSTINATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBSTINATE (adjective)


Sense 1obstinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

Synonyms:

obstinate; stubborn; unregenerate

Similar:

strong-minded; strong-willed (having a determined will)

stiff-necked (haughtily stubborn)

hardheaded; mulish (unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack)

determined (devoting full strength and concentrated attention to)

contrarious; cross-grained (difficult to deal with)

dogged; dour; pertinacious; tenacious; unyielding (stubbornly unyielding)

bullet-headed; bullheaded; pigheaded (obstinate and stupid)

bolshy; stroppy (obstreperous)

bloody-minded; cantankerous (stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate)

Also:

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

inflexible; sturdy; uncompromising (not making concessions)

intractable (not tractable; difficult to manage or mold)


Sense 2obstinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

Synonyms:

obdurate; cussed; obstinate; unrepentant

Similar:

unregenerate; unregenerated (not reformed morally or spiritually)


Sense 3obstinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Resistant to guidance or discipline

Synonyms:

wayward; perverse; contrary; obstinate

Context examples:

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

Similar:

disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)


OBSTINATE (verb)


Sense 1obstinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Persist stubbornly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

he obstinates himself against all rational arguments

Hypernyms (to "obstinate" is one way to...):

hang in; hang on; hold on; persevere; persist (be persistent, refuse to stop)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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