Adjective "obstinate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.
  1. 'In his prose he becomes a powerful presence, a personality with obstinate opinions and sardonic asides.'
  2. 'Then, when I stand up for myself (maybe not always in the best of situations), or when I act stubborn and obstinate, I fight with people.'
  3. 'Taureans, signified by the bull, were often described as obstinate and inflexible, while Pisceans could be risk-takers and daredevils.'
  4. 'He was familiar with her obstinate behaviour, and knew that any attempt to dissuade her from doing what she wanted would only invoke her anger.'
  5. 'He is proving to be about as obstinate, determined and defiant as I.'
  6. 'This person is the most opinionated, wrong, obstinate person I've seen in this courtroom.'
  7. 'They retain their anger for a long time and are obstinate in their opinions.'
  8. 'She was opinionated and obstinate, and Charles soon found he had nothing to worry about.'
  9. 'I dealt with her as I dealt with my own mother, who could also be obstinate and single-minded, I did my best to avoid telling Kay things I knew she did not want to hear.'
  10. 'Parents should back off when their teen is moody - teenagers very often don't even know the reason for their mood change and it can go from sad to happy, from obstinate to cooperative within a short time.'
  11. 'Thanks to the Prime Minister, s remarks, many people think that both farmers and the county council are being obstinate in refusing to reopen footpaths and bridle ways.'
  12. 'The feature provides the workaround for its obstinate blocking of incoming packets, in some cases.'
  13. 'Indeed, ‘Anglo-Saxon’ continuity in dismissive irritation is as tenacious as French continuity in obstinate and distinctive ambition.'
  14. 'She continued to rip off the obstinate gnashing steel contraption to no avail.'
  15. 'This would go a long way to reduce some of our citizens' obstinate dependence on the weekly collection of waste.'
  16. 'The movie is a study in intolerance, though less the big, genocidal brand than the petty, obstinate kind that occurs in situations where a man sets himself apart from his community.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"severals can be obstinate on admissions."

"people can be obstinate."

"refusals can be obstinate."

"stands can be obstinate."

"resistances can be obstinate."

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Middle English: from Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare ‘persist’.