Definition of


  1. (verb, change) persist stubbornly
  2. (adj, all) tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
  3. (adj, all) stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  4. (adj, all) resistant to guidance or discipline
    an obstinate child with a violent temper
    a perverse mood
    wayward behavior

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Obstinate

Derivations: obstinance

Hypernyms: hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist

Origin of the word Obstinate

  1. mid-14c., from L. obstinatus "resolute, inflexible, stubborn," pp. of obstinare "persist, stand stubbornly, set one's mind on," from ob "by" + stinare, related to stare "stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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