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Obstinate in a Sentence

Examples of obstinate in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of obstinate, followed by 47 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - resistant to guidance or discipline

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EXAMPLES - Obstinate in a Sentence

  1. "Well, why?" asks Eugene, with a kind of obstinate candor. (source)
  2. His long upper lip went down in obstinate resistance to impulse. (source)
  3. I'm sure he'll remain obstinate and continue to promote abortion. (source)
  4. Accordingly she called the obstinate and sulky Pauline before her. (source)
  5. It boggles the mind, the kind of obstinate denial we are up against here. (source)
  6. "He's always worse -- more obstinate, that is, when he's in a good temper. (source)
  7. I keep reading about "sluggish controls," but let's go with "obstinate" instead. (source)
  8. The key lies in Aquinas' distinction between "obstinate" heresy and mere "error." (source)
  9. Numidia, the strong inland city of Corta still persisted in obstinate independence. (source)
  10. Well, to go on with my story, I'm the kind of obstinate brute who likes his own way. (source)
  11. All that, you might think, would leave Obama with very little patience for obstinate BS. (source)
  12. This lovely actress exudes an appealing vulnerability even when Lily is being her most obstinate. (source)
  13. Shanahan got fired for being obstinate, which is fine because he was, but he earned his obstinance. (source)
  14. It's so close to reality that I get very obstinate when things happen that "would never happen IRL". (source)
  15. It's amazing how two such obstinate buggers have ended up working with each other and loving the experience. (source)
  16. I heard myself called obstinate and wilful, only because I believed myself in the right, and persisted in it. (source)
  17. David Lloyd George was obstinate in destroying the insurgents, but was committed to home rule, as passed in 1914. (source)
  18. He began to be portrayed as an "obstinate" fellow who "harangued" British officers and therefore was unreasonable. (source)
  19. Just because they do not end up agreeing with us at the end of a given discussion does not mean they are obstinate. (source)
  20. Politically, this works to Harper's favor being characterized as obstinate and bullish on even the smallest of issues. (source)
  21. "obstinate" in being "good" as the opposite so-called indulgent or capricious treatment always make him in being "bad." (source)
  22. I know suffering teaches us all kinds of things, but I get obstinate about the fact that we could learn them in other ways. (source)
  23. So obstinate is she that God has to "allure her," that is, so to temper judgment with unlooked-for grace as to win her to His ways. (source)
  24. As long as the Wilpons and Omar remain obstinate on Castillo, expect the Mets to pay for their obstinacy to the tune of 3 wins a year. (source)
  25. In the run-up to the last World Cup, Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad spoke its mind and labeled him an "obstinate" and "sarcastic" character. (source)
  26. Now President Barack Obama wants to talk directly with Republicans, the very people his Capitol Hill allies call obstinate and uncooperative. (source)
  27. A Roman historian named Philo described Pilate as inflexible, obstinate and merciless, and Pilate was hated by the Jewish people under his rule. (source)
  28. I suppose it was a kind of obstinate pride, the sort of pride that makes condemned people not scream or throw themselves about on the way to execution. (source)
  29. "A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press, must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the right of the people to know." (source)
  30. They had long been accustomed among themselves to call her obstinate, and knew that even in her acts of obedience she had a way of obeying after her own fashion. (source)
  31. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire ... (source)
  32. Now President Barack Obama wants to talk directly with Republicans, the very people his Capitol Hill allies call obstinate and uncooperative (The Associated Press). (source)
  33. Gwion, the last obstinate hostage, who would not forswear his absolute fealty to Cadwaladr, sat silent among his peers, and enemies, some of whom, like Cuhelyn, had become his friends. (source)
  34. I agree with Lewis in thinking the only change in him is that he has grown, he enjoys a joke & makes fun but - he is terribly obstinate, which is an ascertained fact - consequently when (source)
  35. Cadfael patiently described his man, and told over the whole tale of the rescue from the flooded brook and Elis's obstinate withdrawal into the Welsh tongue until a Welshman challenged him. (source)
  36. And as we said five years ago, it has to be overcome by presidential leadership, who requires that it be done, to overcome this obstinate tendency in our government agencies to hoard information. (source)
  37. Its task is to loiter over battlefields and assist ground forces in disposing of obstinate or formidable targets, which is not something that fits comfortably with the Air Force's hot-shot self-image. (source)
  38. If you still want to butt heads with me, but still imagine that there's some wiggle room for you, especially in light that you've read Rules 1 - 3, you're either obstinate in sin or irreversibly stupid. (source)
  39. Now that Rome had conquered numberless provinces, the ancient constitution, which was based upon the existence of a privileged patrician class, a kind of obstinate and malevolent Tories, could not continue. (source)
  40. And that is what enables the faith of some Protestants to be more than just opinion, so that they can begin developing the habit or virtue of faith despite being "in error" as opposed to being "obstinate" heretics. (source)
  41. The 63-year-old president said her administration would be "obstinate" in its fight to eradicate poverty and create opportunities for all, but also promised to tackle knotty issues such as tax and political reforms. (source)
  42. During the great dearth of 1709 the French were driven to eat bread of acorns steeped in water to destroy the bitterness, and they suffered therefrom injurious effects, such as obstinate constipation, or destructive cholera. (source)
  43. With Republicans being just plain obstinate and irresponsible and now many Democrats following a similar path just to make sure their jobs are intact next election there doesn't appear to be much hope for anything meaningful. (source)
  44. Note, Though it is God's gracious method to bear long with sinners, yet he will not bear always; at length he will come, and will not spare those who remain obstinate and impenitent, notwithstanding all his methods to reclaim and reform them. (source)
  45. Pained at what he called the obstinate infatuation of Miss Beaufort, and if possible more chagrined by what he considered the blind and absurd encouragement of his aunt, Mr. Somerset lost the whole of her last reprimand in his hurry to quit the room. (source)
  46. As much as there are serious moral, legal and personality issues to consider with Rupert Murdoch, what we also see in the pictures -- which is not uncommon in a family-owned business with an aging but otherwise steely and obstinate lifetime leader who is more-than-ambivalent about succession -- are competency issues. (source)
  47. In order to bring fully before the reader the beginning of this interesting and exciting case, it seems only necessary to publish the subjoined letter, written by one of the actors in the drama, and addressed to the New York Tribune, and an additional paragraph which may be requisite to throw light on a special point, which Judge Kane decided was concealed in the "obstinate" breast of Passmore Williamson, as said (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 47 example sentences provided below is 49.0, which suggests that "obstinate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 42 synonyms for obstinate.

adamant, cantankerous, contradictory, contrary, contumacious, convinced, dead set on, dogged, dogmatic, firm, hard, hardened, headstrong, heady, immovable, indomitable, inflexible, intractable, intransigent, locked in, mulish, obdurate, opinionated, opinionative, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, recalcitrant, refractory, relentless, resolved, restive, self-willed, steadfast, strong-minded, tenacious, unalterable, unflinching, unmanageable, unyielding, willful


We have 13 antonyms for obstinate.

agreeable, amenable, cooperative, flexible, helpful, irresolute, obedient, pliant, soft, submissive, surrendering, willing, yielding


Pronunciation: (ŏbˈstə-nĭt)

Syllabification: ob-sti-nate


View up to 25 definitions of obstinate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; obdurate.
  2. (adjective) Difficult to manage, control, or subdue; refractory.
  3. (adjective) Difficult to alleviate or cure: an obstinate headache.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent.
  2. (adjective) Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness.
  2. (adjective) Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course of action; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty; headstrong.
  2. (None) Springing from or indicating obstinacy.
  3. (None) Not easily controlled or removed; unyielding to treatment: as, an obstinate cough; an obstinate headache.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) resistant to guidance or discipline
  2. (adjective) stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  3. (verb) persist stubbornly
  4. (adjective) tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield