Definition of obstinate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒbstɪnət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbstɪnət//
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  1. 1(often disapproving) refusing to change your opinions, way of behaving, etc. when other people try to persuade you to; showing this synonym stubborn He can be very obstinate when he wants to be! her obstinate refusal to comply with their request Their position remains one of obstinate denial, even in face of the new evidence.
  2. 2[usually before noun] difficult to get rid of or deal with synonym stubborn the obstinate problem of unemployment an obstinate stain
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare ‘persist’.
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