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sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion
  • the child was obstinate about wanting that specific toy, despite being offered several others

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obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence. an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence. pursued the story with dogged perseverance stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable. a person too stubborn to admit error pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence. a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy. a mulish determination to have his own way

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The first known use of obstinate was in the 14th century

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“Obstinate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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