Definition of obstinacy :
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.
2. The quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; as, the obstinacy of a disease or evil.
tenaciousness, self-command, disorderliness, obstinateness, pertinaciousness, unmanageability, recalcitrancy, obstreperousness, unruliness, possession, purpose, self-possession, self-will, ungovernableness, willpower, untowardness, obstinance, fractiousness, uncontrollability, self-control, indocility, will power, peace, pertinacity, wildness, resist, willfulness, perverseness, uncontrollableness, perversity, order, pigheadedness, intractability, refractoriness, intractableness, control
obstinacy (part of speech: noun)
opposition (part of speech: noun)
contradiction, suppression, adversary, conflict, repression, fight, impediment, counterattack, opposition, disagreement, protest, confrontation, friction, counteraction, antagonism, inhibition, hindrance, objection, obstruction, rebuff, interference, defiance, repulsion, challenge, dispute, resistance
defiance (part of speech: noun)
sullenness (part of speech: noun)
cynicism, darkness, melancholy, gloominess, fretfulness, grimness, crabbiness, grumpiness, hostility, petulance, unfriendliness, irascibility, dourness, moroseness, long-facedness, glumness, sullenness, dejection, malevolence, moodiness, sourness, sulkiness, surliness, meanness, cantankerousness, grouchiness, crossness
unwillingness (part of speech: noun)
tenacity (part of speech: noun)
- He adhered to them, however, with the obstinacy which is generally found in ignorant men accustomed to be fed with flattery. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- The result of Napoleon's obstinacy was, that he was kept three whole days on bread and cheese, and that cheese was not 'broccio'. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
- Much of his time he did devote to hunting, but there were half hours devoted in company with Lady Albury to Ayala's perfection and Ayala's obstinacy. - "Ayala's Angel", Anthony Trollope.