Adjective "adamant" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind.
  1. 'They were adamant that they would not allow the council to carry out work on the house nor the family to take up residence.'
  2. 'The group is adamant that these protests will continue until the club is closed.'
  3. 'The port authority has been adamant that a split train unloading system was not an option.'
  4. 'We tried to persuade them to let us show the film at Edinburgh, but Venice's new director was adamant that we couldn't.'
  5. 'However, the spokesman was adamant that the nursery had not been forced out of the church hall by rent increases.'
  6. 'Many of them, I am afraid, are simply adamant in their views and are not interested in the evidence.'
  7. 'Findlay is no less adamant when it comes to future funding for the company.'
  8. 'Sampson is adamant in her belief that language requirements for admission should be stricter.'
  9. 'The mast has been shown to adhere to safe radiation levels but Ryan is adamant that it gives him headaches and dizzy spells.'
  10. 'At the time, they were adamant that women were queuing up for copies.'


A legendary rock or mineral to which many properties were attributed, formerly associated with diamond or lodestone.

    More definitions

    1. utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.

    2. too hard to cut, break, or pierce. noun

    3. any impenetrably or unyieldingly hard substance.

    4. a legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be adamant about things."

    "administrations can be adamant on things."

    "people can be adamant in things."

    "people can be adamant about ties."

    "strings can be adamant on actions."

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    Old English (as a noun), from Old French adamaunt-, via Latin from Greek adamas, adamant-, ‘untameable, invincible’ (later used to denote the hardest metal or stone, hence diamond), from a- ‘not’ + daman ‘to tame’. The phrase to be adamant dates from the 1930s, although adjectival use had been implied in such collocations as ‘an adamant heart’ since the 16th century.