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Examples of obstinate in a Sentence
More than 30 cities had sued the gun industry for the costs of violence on their streets. Cuomo had brashly stepped into the legal swamp, hoping he could be the guy to force concessions from an obstinate industry. —Matt Bai, Newsweek, 5 Feb. 2001
With The New York Times calling Klein “a weak nominee” and editorializing that the administration should withdraw him, and with his opponents obstinate and apparently committed, he seemed for a moment to be in serious trouble. —John Heilemann, Wired, November 2000
What did they know of life? All they knew was how to parrot the stock phrases of their profession and to continue to be obstinate until somebody, somewhere, paid up. —Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, 1998
When my father finished telling the story, he looked at me, then looked away. A moment of silence lodged between us, an old and obstinate silence. —Bernard Cooper, Harper's, August 1992
his obstinate refusal to obey
My parents remain as obstinate as ever.
Recent Examples of obstinate from the Web
Little is known about why Snyder is taking such an obstinate stance in the case of Sutton.
The facetious old turn of phrase that identifies schooling with the three Rs – reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic – may express the most obstinate block to change in education.
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Origin and Etymology of obstinate
Middle English, from Anglo-French obstinat, Latin obstinatus, past participle of obstinare to be resolved, from ob- in the way + -stinare (akin to stare to stand)
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of obstinate
OBSTINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obstinate for English Language Learners
: refusing to change your behavior or your ideas
: difficult to deal with, remove, etc.
OBSTINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of obstinate for Students
1 : sticking stubbornly to an opinion or purpose
2 : difficult to deal with or get rid of an obstinate fever
Medical Definition of obstinate
1: adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion
2: not easily subdued, remedied, or removed obstinate fever
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