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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 for "obstinate":

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

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How to use obstinate in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Katharine Whitehorn:

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

  4. Hazlitt:

    Obstinate silence implies either a mean opinion of ourselves, or a contempt for our company; and it is the more provoking, as others do not know to which of these causes to attribute it?whether humility or pride.

  5. Annette Fuentes:

    There are smarter, more effective ways to deal with an obstinate teenager than using force, when I see what happened in South Carolina, I wonder what the teacher was thinking. Was he or she empowered to handle that on their own? Do they need more training? We should give any teacher the training they need. They are the ones who should control their classrooms.

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