Obstinate vs Oppositional - What's the difference?

obstinate | oppositional |


As adjectives the difference between obstinate and oppositional

is that obstinate is stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course, usually with implied unreasonableness; persistent while oppositional is of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition.

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

    oppositional

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition
  • *{{quote-news, year=2007, date=March 10, author=Steven Lee Myers, title=Kasparov, Building Opposition to Putin, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=And he has brought to oppositional politics the same energy and aggression that characterized his chess, attacking Mr. Putin and the Kremlin — or the regime, as he repeatedly calls it — with language rarely spoken so bluntly in Russia. }}

    Derived terms

    *oppositionally *oppositionality