Obstinance is a characteristic of being impossibly stubborn. Like a bull that won’t budge, obstinance keeps people from going with the flow. If everybody wants to watch a movie you dislike, don’t let your obstinance ruin family movie night.

When someone is obstinate, they are strong-willed and determined, so you can use the word obstinance to describe this quality. There’s the obstinance of a two-year old who refuses to go to bed, or the obstinance of someone who believes that aliens built the pyramids and can’t be convinced otherwise. The Latin root of obstinance is obstinare, "stand stubbornly."

Definitions of obstinance

n resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires

bullheadedness, obstinacy, pigheadedness, self-will, stubbornness
impenitence, impenitency
the trait of refusing to repent
intransigence, intransigency
the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
Type of:
firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve
the trait of being resolute

n the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome

mulishness, obstinacy, stubbornness
Type of:
intractability, intractableness
the trait of being hard to influence or control

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