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obstinacy

Noun

1 the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome [syn: stubbornness, obstinance, mulishness]
2 resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires [syn: stubbornness, bullheadedness, obstinance, pigheadedness, self-will]

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Noun

  1. The state, or an act, of stubbornness or doggedness.
    He finished only through a mixture of determined obstinacy and ingenuity.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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