1. [ adjective ] resistant to guidance or discipline
Synonyms: wayward perverse contrary

"Mary Mary quite contrary" "an obstinate child with a violent temper" "a perverse mood" "wayward behavior"

Related terms: disobedient
2. [ adjective ] stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
Synonyms: obdurate unrepentant cussed
Related terms: unregenerate
3. [ verb ] persist stubbornly

"he obstinates himself against all rational arguments"

Related terms: persevere stubbornness
4. [ adjective ] persisting in a reactionary stand
Synonyms: unregenerate stubborn
Related terms: unreconstructed
Similar spelling:   obstinately