obstinance obstinance

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
  2. (n) resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires

Usage(s):

  1. Moscow's obstinance condemned people everywhere to fragmentary and often conflicting accounts that tended to shift abruptly as new facts became known.
  2. Activist nurses contend that the real reason for this obstinance is that physicians want to hold on to their economic power.

News

  • Boehner's Already Refusing to Meet with Russian Delegates

    For once House Speaker John Boehner's obstinance might be working in President Obama's favor. As Vladimir Putin looks for opportunities to belittle Obama at the G20, Russia followed through on a suggestion to send a delegation of their lawmakers to D.C. to persuade members of Congress to take a "balanced stance" on Syria (presumably one that doesn't involve bombing their ally).
    on September 5, 2013     Source: New York Magazine

Quotes

  1. "We'll see whether or not that is the firm position of their government," Mr Bush said after a meeting with his cabinet at the White House. "If they continue their obstinance, if they continue to say to the world, 'We really don't care what...
    on Jun 1, 2006 By: President Bush Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. "He's a rebel without a cause," explained Pine. "I think everyone can remember what it's like to be fifteen, and he's a twenty-five-year-old fifteen-year-old! He has to mold all that energy and that drive and all that passion and obstinance...
    on Mar 5, 2009 By: Chris Pine Source: Trek Today

  3. "I think we've been together so long, and we did have some enduring respect for each other and admiration for each other, (so) that when we finally sort of let go of our (obstinance) and our frustration, it kind of gave - it was this great...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Dave Matthews Source: The Weekender

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