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Meaning of OBSTINACY

Pronunciation:  '√Ębstunusee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
  2. [n]  the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome

OBSTINACY is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: bullheadedness, mulishness, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will, stubbornness
 See Also: firmness, impenitence, impenitency, intractability, intractableness, intransigence, intransigency, resoluteness, resolution, resolve



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob"sti*na*cy\, n. [See {Obstinate}.]
1. A fixedness in will, opinion, or resolution that can not
   be shaken at all, or only with great difficulty; firm and
   usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose, or
   system; unyielding disposition; stubborness; pertinacity;
   persistency; contumacy.

         You do not well in obstinacy To cavil in the course
         of this contract.                     --Shak.

         To shelter their ignorance, or obstinacy, under the
         obscurity of their terms.             --Locke.

2. The quality or state of being difficult to remedy,
   relieve, or subdue; as, the obstinacy of a disease or

Syn: Pertinacity; firmness; resoluteness; inflexibility;
     persistency; stubbornness; perverseness; contumacy.

Usage: {Obstinacy}, {Pertinacity}. Pertinacity denotes great
       firmness in holding to a thing, aim, etc. Obstinacy is
       great firmness in holding out against persuasion,
       attack, etc. The former consists in adherence, the
       latter in resistance. An opinion is advocated with
       pertinacity or defended with obstinacy. Pertinacity is
       often used in a good sense; obstinacy generally in a
       bad one. ``In this reply was included a very gross
       mistake, and if with pertinacity maintained, a capital
       error.'' --Sir T. Browne. ``Every degree of obstinacy
       in youth is one step to rebellion.'' --South.

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