Definitions

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  • n. Obsolete form of pertinacity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being pertinent; pertinence.
  • n. Pertinacity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pertinacity; obstinacy.

Etymologies

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Latin pertinacia, from pertinax. See pertinacious.

Examples

  • What we call obstinacy, they call constancy; and what we condemn them for as pertinacy, they embrace as perseverance.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Now, concerning these, it is generally affirmed, that persons maintaining any error in or against any fundamental article of faith or religion, and that with obstinacy or pertinacy after conviction, ought to be proceeded against by the authority of the civil magistrate, whether unto death or banishment, imprisonment or confiscation of goods.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • That common definition of heresy -- that it is an error, or errors, in or about the fundamentals of religion, maintained with stubbornness and pertinacy after conviction (for the main received by most Protestant divines) -- will be no way suited unto that which was before given of idolatry, and is as commonly received, being indeed much more clear; as shall be afterward declared.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • If the punishment, then, of erring persons be urged from this place, all consideration of their conviction, obstinacy, pertinacy, must be laid aside: the text allows them no more plea in this business than our law doth in the case of wilful murder.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • A corrupt imagination, be it never so strong and vigorous in its season, and whilst its food is administered to it, in the temptation it lives upon, yet, in trials great and pressing, it sinks and withers; or, if the difficulty continue, for the most part -- unless where it falls on some natures of an unconquerable pertinacy -- utterly vanisheth.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • The want of attending unto men's duty herein, with a mixture of pride and pertinacy, is the occasion of most errors and noxious opinions in the world; for when some have taken up a private interpretation of any place of Scripture, if, before they have thoroughly imbibed and vented it, they do not submit their conception, although they seem to be greatly satisfied in it and full of it, unto the authority of the

    Pneumatologia

  • Its extreme in excess is pertinacy, if these are not rather distinguished from their objects than in themselves.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Now, though there is no question but that of two persons continuing in the same work or opinion, one may do it out of pertinacy, the other out of perseverance, yet amongst men, who judge of the minds of others by their fruits, and of the acts of their minds by their objects, these two dispositions or habits are universally distinguished, as before by Varro.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • And he also, as Varro in the place above mentioned, distinguishes it from pertinacy.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • These opinions I never maintained with pertinacy, or endeavoured to enveagle any mans belief unto mine, nor so much as ever revealed or disputed them with my dearest friends; by which means I neither propagated them in others, nor confirmed them in my self; but suffering them to flame upon their own substance, without addition of new fuel, they went out insensibly of themselves.

    Religio Medici

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