- 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
- 2[usually before noun] difficult to get rid of or deal with synonym stubborn the obstinate problem of unemployment an obstinate stain
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NAmE//ˈɑbstənəsi//noun [uncountable] an act of sheer obstinacy
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adverb He obstinately refused to consider the future.