/ob"steuh neuh see/, n., pl. obstinacies for 5.
1. the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.
2. unyielding or stubborn adherence to one's purpose, opinion, etc.
3. stubborn persistence: The garrison fought on with incredible obstinacy.
4. resistance to cure, relief, or treatment, as a disease.
5. an instance of being obstinate; an obstinate act, viewpoint, etc.
[1350-1400; ME < ML obstinatia, deriv. of L obstinatus (see OBSTINATE); see -CY]

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