Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb obstinate

1 sense of obstinate

Sense 1
obstinate -- (persist stubbornly; "he obstinates himself against all rational arguments")
       => persevere, persist, hang in, hang on, hold on -- (be persistent, refuse to stop; "he persisted to call me every night"; "The child persisted and kept asking questions")

Antonyms of adj obstinate

3 senses of obstinate

Sense 1
stubborn (vs. docile), obstinate, unregenerate -- (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)


Sense 2
cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant -- (stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing)

INDIRECT (VIA unregenerate) -> regenerate -- (reformed spiritually or morally; "a regenerate sinner"; "regenerate by redemption from error or decay")

Sense 3
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward -- (resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior")

INDIRECT (VIA disobedient) -> obedient -- (dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority; "an obedient soldier"; "obedient children"; "a little man obedient to his wife"; "the obedient colonies...are heavily taxed; the refractory remain unburdened"- Edmund Burke)

Similarity of adj obstinate

3 senses of obstinate

Sense 1
stubborn (vs. docile), obstinate, unregenerate -- (tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield)
       => bloody-minded, cantankerous -- (stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate; "unions...have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders"- Spectator)
       => bolshy, stroppy -- (obstreperous)
       => bullheaded, bullet-headed, pigheaded -- (obstinate and stupid)
       => dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding -- (stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion")
       => contrarious, cross-grained -- (difficult to deal with)
       => determined -- (devoting full strength and concentrated attention to; "made continued and determined efforts to find and destroy enemy headquarters")
       => hardheaded, mulish -- (unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack)
       => stiff-necked -- (haughtily stubborn; "a stiff-necked old Boston brahmin")
       => strong-minded, strong-willed -- (having a determined will)
          Also See-> disobedient#1; intractable#1; uncompromising#1, sturdy#2, inflexible#2

Sense 2
cussed, obdurate, obstinate, unrepentant -- (stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing)
       => unregenerate (vs. regenerate), unregenerated -- (not reformed morally or spiritually; "unregenerate human nature"; "unregenerate conservatism")

Sense 3
contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward -- (resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior")
       => disobedient (vs. obedient) -- (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children")

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