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Synonyms for obstinate
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerate(adj)

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

    Synonyms:
    unreformable, wayward, cussed, obdurate, unrepentant, unregenerate, refractory, perverse, unregenerated, stubborn, contrary

    Antonyms:
    obedient, regenerate

  2. cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant(adj)

    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

    Synonyms:
    unrepentant, wayward, stony, flinty, unremorseful, granitic, obdurate, flint, impenitent, cussed, unregenerate, contrary, perverse, stubborn

    Antonyms:
    regenerate, obedient

  3. contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(verb)

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"

    Synonyms:
    depraved, obdurate, unrepentant, wayward, perverted, reprobate, stubborn, cussed, unregenerate, contrary, perverse, adverse

    Antonyms:
    regenerate, obedient

  4. obstinate(verb)

    persist stubbornly

    "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"

    Antonyms:
    obedient, regenerate

Wiktionary

  1. obstinate(adjective)

    Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent.

    Synonyms:
    inexorable, persistent, unrelenting

  2. obstinate(adjective)

    Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.

    Synonyms:
    unrelenting, inexorable, persistent

  3. obstinate(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    pertinacious, persistent, stubborn, bloody-minded

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obstinate

    The headstrong person is not to be stopped in his own course of action, while the obstinate and stubborn is not to be driven to another's way. The headstrong act; the obstinate and stubborn may simply refuse to stir. The most amiable person may be obstinate on some one point; the stubborn person is for the most part habitually so; we speak of obstinate determination, stubborn resistance. Stubborn is the term most frequently applied to the lower animals and inanimate things. Refractory implies more activity of resistance; the stubborn horse balks; the refractory animal plunges, rears, and kicks; metals that resist ordinary processes of reduction are termed refractory. One is obdurate who adheres to his purpose in spite of appeals that would move any tender-hearted or right-minded person. Contumacious refers to a proud and insolent defiance of authority, as of the summons of a court. Pertinacious demand is contrasted with obstinate refusal. The unyielding conduct which we approve we call decided, firm, inflexible, resolute; that which we condemn we are apt to term headstrong, obstinate, stubborn. Compare PERVERSE.

    Synonyms:
    contumacious, decided, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, headstrong, heady, immovable, indomitable, inflexible, intractable, mulish, obdurate, opinionated, persistent, pertinacious, refractory, resolute, resolved, stubborn, unconquerable, unflinching, unyielding

    Antonyms:
    amenable, complaisant, compliant, docile, dutiful, gentle, irresolute, obedient, pliable, pliant, submissive, teachable, tractable, undecided, wavering, yielding

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. obstinate

    Synonyms:
    headstrong, stubborn, refractory, self-willed, pertinacious, obdurate, perverse, intractable

    Antonyms:
    amenable, complaisant, yielding, docile, ductile, characterless, irresolute, wavering

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. obstinate(a)

    Synonyms:
    incompliant, intractable, mulish, perverse, dogged, contumacious, stubborn

    Antonyms:
    amenable, yielding, tractable, submissive, compliant, obedient

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    stubborn, headstrong, diehard, intransigent, obdurate, die-hard

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How to use obstinate in a sentence?

  1. Katharine Whitehorn:

    I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool.

  2. John Moorlach:

    You can’t just keep tying the hands of people that are trying help out by just being obstinate about it, we’ve got to find our balance; we’ve gotta say, you know, ‘When does compassion kick in,’ more than ‘Not in my backyard.’ Because, baby, it is in your backyard. It’s on your riding trails. It’s on Fairview Park. We’ve got homeless everywhere.

  3. Akhenaten:

    True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.

  4. Shimon Peres:

    Leading the Jewish people is not easy-we are a divided, obstinate, highly individualistic people who have cultivated faith, sharp-wittedness and polemics to a very high level.

  5. Ahmed Moosa:

    I have always had doubts about the Saudi family. I always suspected that they are hypocrites and this is now confirmed with what they are doing with this Un-Islamic blockade. These Saudis are from the stock of desert Arabs and are no different from the time of the Messenger of Allâh. Please note I am referring to the leadership known as the Saudi family, not the people of Arabia, which is the proper name of that area mentioned in the Divine Book. Sissi is the same, an enemy of Islam and a hypocrite in the extreme. He is in bed with the yahud and proud of that. He toppled a good man Muhammad Morsi who is a Muslim who I respect. These evil persons do not truly believe in Al-Qur’ân because if they did they would fear the warnings in Allâh’s Book, but because they don’t they do what they want. I quote the following verses from the Divine Book, Al-Qur’ân that I feel are appropriate to these Munafikoon: Surah number 9 ayah 101. “Certain of the desert Arabs round about you are Hypocrites, as well as (desert Arabs) among the Medina folk: they are obstinate in hypocrisy: thou knowest them not: WE (i.e. Allâh) know them: twice shall WE (i.e. Allâh) punish them: and in addition shall they be sent to a grievous penalty.” Surah Munafikoon number 63 ayah 4. “When thou lookest at them, their exteriors please thee; and when they speak thou listenest to their words. They are as (worthless as hollow) pieces of timber propped up, (unable to stand on their own). They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies; so beware of them. The curse of Allâh be on them! How are they deluded (away from the Truth)!” Surah number 5 verse 32. “On that account: WE (i.e. Allâh) ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief In the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our (i.e. Allâh’s) messengers with Clear Signs (ayat) , yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses In the land.” Surah 6 ayah 151. “Say: Come, I (i.e. Muhammad) will rehearse what Allâh hath (really) prohibited you from: join not anything as equal with him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want;- WE (i.e. Allâh) provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not nigh to shameful deeds, whether open or secret; take not life, which Allâh hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth HE (i.e. Allâh) command you, that ye may learn wisdom.” These Munafikoon are destined for hell because the Saudis are killing believers in Yemen, Sissi is killing them in Egypt etc. Surah 4 ayah 93. “If a person kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (for ever): and the wrath and the curse of Allâh are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.”


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