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obstinate
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Definition stubbornly not doing what others want
  • She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • He is obstinate as a mule.
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • ...but he was as obstinate as a mule,
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
  • It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate man.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
  • with a most obstinate and ill-judged secrecy, she would tell nothing, would give no clue, though she certainly knew all.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • I sat in the tiny, cheap hotel room we had rented and tried to reason with her, but it did no good. She was obstinate.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • ...but it's never a good idea to nag and push a man, as it only makes them the more obstinate.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • Levin hearing these voices sat scowling in an easy-chair in his wife's bedroom, and maintained an obstinate silence when she asked him what was wrong.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • For over a year, I had lobbied for it, and he had obstinately refused.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
  • You know how obstinate men are when they get their backs up.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • obstinate = stubborn
  • "I'll do as I choose and go as I please," said Bilbo obstinately.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • obstinately = stubbornly
  • They were an obstinate lot, it would take a long time to persuade one of them to go with him,
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • He was so certain of the truth of his assertion that he had become obstinate, as people do in violent arguments.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • "I want the gum!" Violet said obstinately.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • obstinately = stubbornly
  • But this time Pyotr Ilyitch was as obstinate as a mule.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • He wished the clock would chime and tell him just how close to right he was, but the clock was obstinately silent.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
  • ...but the obstinate old man was not to be moved.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • He is very decided, but never will be obstinate, if you reason kindly, not oppose impatiently.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
  • ...a faint spark of hope, obstinately refusing to die, brought him out each dawn to scour the heavens for a sign.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • obstinately = stubbornly
  • Elizabeth fiddles with a clump of hair that's slipped out of her roller, grimaces at its obstinacy.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
obstinacy = refusal to do what she wants

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