obstinacy

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noun ob·sti·na·cy \ ˈäb-stə-nə-sē \

Definition of obstinacy

plural obstinacies
1 a :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

  1. the mindless obstinacy of those people who continue to insist that the earth is flat

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First Known Use of obstinacy

14th century


Medical Dictionary

obstinacy

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noun ob·sti·na·cy \ ˈäb-stə-nə-sē \

medical Definition of obstinacy

plural obstinacies
:the quality or state of being obstinate
  • the obstinacy of tuberculosis


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