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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑbstɪnəsi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒbstɪnəsi/
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- The state, or an act, of stubbornness or doggedness.
- He finished only through a mixture of determined obstinacy and ingenuity.
- 1839, Charles Dickens, chapter 44, in Oliver Twist:
- "I don't know where," replied the girl.
"Then I do," said Sikes, more in the spirit of obstinacy than because he had any real objection.
- 1877, Leo Tolstoy (author), David Magarshack (translator), Anna Karenina, part 6, ch 12,
- His hand closed, he drew back, and his face assumed a still more stubborn expression.
- "For you it's a matter of obstinacy," she said, looking intently at him and suddenly finding the right word for the expression of his face which exasperated her so much.
state of stubbornness