obstinate adjective1 : perversely adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion 2 : not easily overcome or removed
As usual, Uncle Mitch remainedobstinate in his opinion even thoughthe facts were clearly stacked againsthim.
“The obstinate 55-year-old tenantwho refused to vacate her crumblingEast Harlem apartment building so that it could be renovated was evicted last month.” — Jan Ransom, Daily News (New York), October 29, 2014
Did you know?
If you’re obstinate, you’re just plainstubborn. Obstinate, dogged, stubborn, and mulish all mean thatsomeone is unwilling to changecourse or give up a belief or plan. Obstinate suggests an unreasonablepersistence; it’s often a negativeword. Dogged implies that someonegoes after something without evertiring or quitting; it can be morepositive. Stubborn indicates a resistance to change, which may or may not be admirable. Someone who displays a really unreasonabledegree of stubbornness couldaccurately be described as mulish.