(adjective, verb)


1. tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

Similar word(s): inflexible, sturdy, uncompromising, disobedient, cantankerous, bolshy, stroppy, bullheaded, pigheaded, dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding, contrarious, determined, hardheaded, mulish, intractable, stubborn, unregenerate

2. stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

Similar word(s): unregenerate, unregenerated, cussed, obdurate, unrepentant

3. resistant to guidance or discipline

- an obstinate child with a violent temper

Similar word(s): disobedient, contrary, perverse, wayward


1. persist stubbornly

- he obstinates himself against all rational arguments

Definition categories: change, persevere, persist