Obstinate vs Stubborn - What's the difference?

obstinate | stubborn |

Stubborn is a synonym of obstinate.


As adjectives the difference between obstinate and stubborn

is that obstinate is stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent while stubborn is refusing to move or to change one's opinion; obstinate; firmly resisting.

obstinate

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent.
  • * 1686 , , "That men are justly punished for being obstinate in the defence of a fort that is not in reason to be defended",
  • From this consideration it is that we have derived the custom, in times of war, to punish
  • Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.
  • * 1927 , ,
  • Now it happened that Kasturbai had again begun getting haemorrhage, and the malady seemed to be obstinate .

    Synonyms

    * bloody-minded, persistent, stubborn, pertinacious * (not easily subdued) persistent, unrelenting, inexorable * See also

    Derived terms

    * obstinately * obstinateness

    stubborn

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Refusing to move or to change one's opinion; obstinate; firmly resisting.
  • He is pretty stubborn about his political beliefs, so why bother arguing?
    Blood can make a very stubborn stain on fabrics if not washed properly.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * stubbornly * stubbornness