Synonyms for Obstinate:


all (adjective)
stubborn, unregenerate.
balky (adjective)
averse, hesitant, indisposed, loath, reluctant, stubborn, unbending, unruly.
bigoted (adjective)
biased, narrow, narrow-minded.
cantankerous (adjective)
critical, cross, crotchety, dour, grouchy, irascible, morose, petulant, sour.
chronic (adjective)
constant, enduring.
conservative (adjective)
die-hard, hidebound, unchanging.
contrary (adjective)
balky, conflicting, hostile, insubordinate, opposed, rebellious, wayward.
conventional (adjective)
bigoted, conservative, puritanical, rigid, strict.
crotchety (adjective)
crabby, fractious, grumpy, obstreperous, surly.
deaf (adjective)
bullheaded, strong-willed, self-willed.
defiant (adjective)
audacious, bold, challenging, conflicting, confrontational, daring, defiant, dissenting, factious, insolent, insubordinate, insurgent, rebellious, recalcitrant, resistant, stubborn.
doctrinaire (adjective)
obstinate (adjective)
adamant, bigoted, bovine, cantankerous, contradictory, contrary, convinced, dogged, dogmatic, hard, hard-nosed, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, indomitable, inelastic, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, opinionative, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, recalcitrant, relentless, resolute, restive, self-willed, steadfast, strong-minded, stubborn, tenacious, unalterable, unbendable, unmanageable, unyielding, willful, Pig-headed, brass-bound, bull-headed, hidebound, rigid, uncompromising.
severe (adjective)
abrupt, acerbic, acrimonious, acute, ascetic, astringent, austere, authoritarian, basic, bleak, blunt, brisk, brusque, caustic, censorious, chilly, cool, correct, crisp, critical, curt, cutting, demanding, disciplined, dour, draconian, dry, exacting, frosty, fundamental, grim, gruff, harsh, hidebound, icy, imperial, inflexible, intense, intolerant, keen, lean, meticulous, obdurate, oppressive, piquant, precise, prudish, puritanical, raw, relentless, rigid, rigorous, severe, sharp, short, spare, spartan, stark, stern, stiff-necked, strict, stringent, tart, unbending, uncompromising, strait-laced.
sullen (adjective)
beetle-browed, broody, cantankerous, crabby, cross, cynical, dark, dejected, dissociable, fretful, frowning, gloomy, glowering, glum, grouchy, grumpy, hostile, irascible, long-faced, malevolent, mean, melancholy, moody, morose, petulant, scowling, sour, sulky, sullen, surly, unfriendly, unsociable, Moping, ungenial, contrary, dour, grim, uncooperative, noncooperative.
tenacious (adjective)
brave, bullheaded, courageous, dauntless, decisive, determined, devoted, diligent, dogged, enduring, faithful, fervent, hard, headstrong, hearty, indefatigable, indomitable, insistent, persevering, persistent, plucky, spunky, staunch, steadfast, stiff, stony, strong, strong-willed, tireless, tough, true, undaunted, unflagging, bulldogged, flintlike, bold, obdurate, resolute, stubborn, tenacious.
unwilling (adjective)
averse, balky, disinclined, hesitant, indisposed, irreconcilable, loath, opposed, reluctant, squeamish, uncooperative, unhelpful, unwilling, Resisting, non-consenting, noncooperative, uncomplying, unconsenting, contrary, defiant, recalcitrant, stubborn, unyielding.


constant, final, for good, invariable, irreversible, unchanging, unvarying, whatever happens. bloody-minded, closed, conservative, narrow, narrow-minded, pigheaded, resist, willful. control, disorderly, fractious, indocile, lawless, obstreperous, order, peace, uncontrollable, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly, untoward, wild. continue. obstinate (noun)
contrary, cussed, disobedient, obdurate, perverse, stubborn, unreconstructed, unregenerate, unregenerated, unrepentant, wayward.
stubborn (noun)
biased, callous, case-hardened, contradictory, convinced, crotchety, die-hard, dogmatic, hardened, opinionative, pigheaded, positive, prejudiced, repulsive, restive, self-willed, strong-minded, unalterable, unamenable, unmanageable, unreasonable, unreasoning, unrelenting, unwavering, willful, Unimpressible, hellbent.

Other synonyms:

indocile, undisciplined. dogmatic, obstreperous. unmanageable. disorderly, lawless. wild. eccentric
Other relevant words:
biased, bloody-minded, callous, case-hardened, closed, conservative, constant, continue, contradictory, control, convinced, crotchety, cussed, die-hard, disobedient, disorderly, dogmatic, final, fractious, hardened, indocile, invariable, irreversible, lawless, narrow, narrow-minded, obstreperous, opinionative, order, peace, perverse, pigheaded, positive, prejudiced, repulsive, resist, restive, self-willed, strong-minded, unalterable, unamenable, unchanging, uncontrollable, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, unreasonable, unreasoning, unreconstructed, unregenerate, unregenerated, unrelenting, unrepentant, unruly, untoward, unvarying, unwavering, wayward, wild, willful, Unimpressible, hellbent.

Usage examples for obstinate

  1. I'm fond of Pixie too, but I shan't like her a bit if she gets us all into trouble, and that's what it will mean if she is obstinate – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  2. He knew that he had dangerous qualities, being a narrow man, with obstinate resentments. – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  3. " If Jeanne is going to be obstinate she said, " she must suffer for it. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim