Synonyms for Obstinate:


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


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

Other synonyms:

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

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