Definition of Obstinacy

1. Noun. The trait of being difficult to handle or overcome.

Exact synonyms: Mulishness, Obstinance, Stubbornness
Generic synonyms: Intractability, Intractableness
Derivative terms: Stubborn, Stubborn



2. Noun. Resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires.

Definition of Obstinacy

1. n. A fixedness in will, opinion, or resolution that can not be shaken at all, or only with great difficulty; firm and usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose, or system; unyielding disposition; stubborness; pertinacity; persistency; contumacy.

Definition of Obstinacy

1. Noun. The state, or an act, of stubbornness or doggedness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Obstinacy

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Medical Definition of Obstinacy

1. 1. A fixedness in will, opinion, or resolution that can not be shaken at all, or only with great difficulty; firm and usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose, or system; unyielding disposition; stubborness; pertinacity; persistency; contumacy. "You do not well in obstinacy To cavil in the course of this contract." (Shak) "To shelter their ignorance, or obstinacy, under the obscurity of their terms." (Locke) 2. The quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; as, the obstinacy of a disease or evil. Synonym: Pertinacity, firmness, resoluteness, inflexibility, persistency, stubbornness, perverseness, contumacy. Obstinacy, Pertinacity. Pertinacity denotes great firmness in holding to a thing, aim, etc. Obstinacy is great firmness in holding out against persuasion, attack, etc. The former consists in adherence, the latter in resistance. An opinion is advocated with pertinacity or defended with obstinacy. Pertinacity is often used in a good sense; obstinacy generally in a bad one. "In this reply was included a very gross mistake, and if with pertinacity maintained, a capital error." . "Every degree of obstinacy in youth is one step to rebellion." . See: Obstinate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Obstinacy

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"Against obstinacy, moreover, he frequently resorted to force. Certain " stiff-necked " members of the institution directed by him he caused to be imprisoned ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1900)
"But the dress and language of the Latin priest who officiated obstinacy and at the altar were an object of scandal; and it was observed with t horror that ..."

3. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin (1913)
"Helplessness or impotence —Patience—obstinacy—Shrugging the shoulders common to most of the races of man—Signs of affirmation and negation. ..."

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