ad·​a·​man·​cy ˈa-də-mən(t)-sē How to pronounce adamancy (audio)
: the quality or state of being adamant : obstinacy

Examples of adamancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Louisiana, roughly 80 such prisoners have not yet had resentencing hearings, due partly to prosecutors’ adamancy and ongoing court fights but also to funding shortages for attorneys to take these cases, legal advocacy groups say. NBC News, 15 May 2020 Prince Harry has expressed his adamancy in making sure the mega-popular Netflix series doesn’t portray his and wife Duchess Meghan’s relationship and tabloid turmoil for the television screen. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Jan. 2020 Anthony’s adamancy, the eloquent obviousness of her observations on gender, comes across in Thomson’s music through understatement. Mark Swed,, 29 June 2018 Gremminger said she and another passenger were concerned that the dog would not be safe inside the overhead bin, but assumed that the flight attendant's adamancy meant that there must be air ventilation inside the compartment. Author: Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2018

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Word History


adamant entry 1 + -cy

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adamancy was in 1937

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“Adamancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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