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adjective ad·a·mant \ˈa-də-mənt, -ˌmant\

Definition of adamant

  1. :  unshakable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion :  unyielding an adamant insistence on doing things his own way was adamant about making the change

adamantly

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Examples of adamant in a sentence

  1. I am keen not to share my genetic code with my insurer, I am keen that my doctor should know it and use it, but I am adamant to the point of fanaticism that it is my decision. —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999

  2. Arrive to find child physically intact but … adamant that he will not remain another minute in Ski Bunny program. Despite their ‘professionalism,’ staff members eagerly concur. —Christopher Buckley, New Yorker, 10 Mar. 1997

  3. In the years following the First World War, the debts of our wartime allies and others came to be considered a serious burden on international commerce and well-being. Calvin Coolidge was adamant on repayment. —John Kenneth Galbraith, New Yorker, 21 Apr. 1986

Origin and Etymology of adamant

see 2adamant


First Known Use: 1816

Synonym Discussion of adamant

inflexible, obdurate, adamant mean unwilling to alter a predetermined course or purpose. inflexible implies rigid adherence or even slavish conformity to principle. inflexible in their demands obdurate stresses hardness of heart and insensitivity to appeals for mercy or the influence of divine grace. obdurate in his refusal to grant clemency adamant implies utter immovability in the face of all temptation or entreaty. adamant that the work should continue

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noun ad·a·mant \ˈa-də-mənt, -ˌmant\

Definition of adamant

  1. 1 :  a stone (such as a diamond) formerly believed to be of impenetrable hardness

  2. 2 :  an unbreakable or extremely hard substance

Examples of adamant in a sentence

  1. We've tried to talk him into coming with us, but he's adamant about staying here.

  2. remained adamant about getting the actor's autograph even after he had disappeared backstage

Origin and Etymology of adamant

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin adamant-, adamas hardest metal, diamond, from Greek


First Known Use: 14th century


ADAMANT Defined for English Language Learners


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noun ad·a·mant \ˈa-də-mənt, -ˌmant\

Definition of adamant for English Language Learners

  • : not willing to change an opinion or decision : very determined


ADAMANT Defined for Kids

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adjective ad·a·mant \ˈa-də-mənt\

Definition of adamant for Students

  1. :  not giving in I tried to change her mind, but she was adamant.



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