Ob"sti*nate (?), a. [L. obstinatus, p.p. of obstinare to set about a thing with firmness, to persist in; ob (see Ob-) + a word from the root of stare to stand. See Stand, and cf.Destine.]
Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness.
I have known great cures done by obstinate resolution of drinking no wine.
Sir W. Temple.
No ass so meek, no ass so obstinate.
Of sense and outward things.
Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions.
Syn. -- Stubborn; inflexible; immovable; firm; pertinacious; persistent; headstrong; opinionated; unyielding; refractory; contumacious. See Stubborn.
-- Ob"sti*nate*ly, adv. -- Ob"sti*nate*ness, n.
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