obstinacy

noun
ob·​sti·​na·​cy | \ ˈäb-stə-nə-sē How to pronounce obstinacy (audio) \
plural obstinacies

Definition of obstinacy

1a : the quality or state of being obstinate : stubbornness She held to her own opinion with great obstinacy.
b : the quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue the obstinacy of tuberculosis
2 : an instance of being obstinate irritated by the senator's obstinacies

Examples of obstinacy in a Sentence

the mindless obstinacy of those people who continue to insist that the earth is flat
Recent Examples on the Web In their view, the obstinacy of the unvaccinated minority has caused suffering for all. Eliza Fawcett And Alex Putterman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 In their view, the obstinacy of the unvaccinated minority has caused suffering for all. Eliza Fawcett And Alex Putterman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 That reality hasn’t changed Washington’s self-defeating obstinacy in dealing with Iran. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 11 Mar. 2022 Something about this year’s negotiation has reinvigorated an obstinacy that used to define these negotiations every five years. Chelsea Janes, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Feb. 2022 Allowed themselves to get flustered by their children’s obstinacy, throwing up their hands, yelling. Danielle Lindemann, The Atlantic, 13 Feb. 2022 In their view, the obstinacy of the unvaccinated minority has caused suffering for all. Eliza Fawcett And Alex Putterman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 In their view, the obstinacy of the unvaccinated minority has caused suffering for all. Eliza Fawcett And Alex Putterman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 In their view, the obstinacy of the unvaccinated minority has caused suffering for all. Eliza Fawcett And Alex Putterman, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of obstinacy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Obstinacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstinacy. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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obstinacy

noun
ob·​sti·​na·​cy | \ ˈäb-stə-nə-sē How to pronounce obstinacy (audio) \
plural obstinacies

Medical Definition of obstinacy

: the quality or state of being obstinate the obstinacy of tuberculosis

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