WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ob•sti•nate /ˈɑbstənɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. firmly or stubbornly unwilling to change one's purpose, opinion, or course of action:Our neighbors were so obstinate they refused to evacuate their house even during the flood.
See -stan-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ob•sti•nate  (obstə nit),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.;
    not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
  2. characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude;
    inflexibly persisted in or carried out:obstinate advocacy of high tariffs.
  3. not easily controlled or overcome:the obstinate growth of weeds.
  4. not yielding readily to treatment, as a disease.
obsti•nate•ly, adv. 
obsti•nate•ness, n. 
  • Latin obstinātus (past participle of obstināre to set one's mind on, be determined), equivalent. to ob- ob- + -stin-, combining form of stan- (derivative of stāre to stand) + -ātus -ate1
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mulish, obdurate, unyielding, unbending, intractable, perverse, inflexible, refractory, pertinacious. See  stubborn. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged submissive, tractable.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

obstinate /ˈɒbstɪnɪt/ adj
  1. adhering fixedly to a particular opinion, attitude, course of action, etc
  2. self-willed or headstrong
  3. difficult to subdue or alleviate; persistent: an obstinate fever
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin obstinātus, past participle of obstināre to persist in, from ob- (intensive) + stin-, variant of stare to stand

ˈobstinately adv

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