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 (ăd′ə-mənt, -mănt′)
Not willing to change one's opinion, purpose, or principles; unyielding.
1. A stone once believed to be impenetrable in its hardness.
2. An extremely hard substance.

[From Middle English, a hard precious stone, from Old French adamaunt, from Latin adamās, adamant-, from Greek, unconquerable, hard steel, diamond; see demə- in Indo-European roots.]

ad′a·mance, ad′a·man·cy n.
ad′a·mant·ly adv.
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(ˈædəməns) or


a state of resoluteness
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Noun1.adamance - resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexibleadamance - resoluteness by virtue of being unyielding and inflexible
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
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Given her adamance that she won't work with the Tories or Labour in its current form, you have to suspect that Peter Mandelson's knives will be out for Corbyn.
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But despite the pundits' adamance that Cardiff would be relegated at the first time of asking, Decordova-Reid believed joining Neil Warnock's men was worth the risk.
Provisional, ongoing, the serial poem moves forward and backward both, repeatedly "back / at /some beginning," repeatedly circling or cycling back, doing so with such adamance as to call forward and back into question and suggest an eccentric step to the side--as though, driven to distraction by short-circuiting options, it can only be itself beside itself [...] H.D.'s crazed geese, circling above the spot that was once Atlantis or the Hesperides or the Islands of the Blest, come to mind, as do John Coltrane's wheeling, spiraling runs as if around or in pursuit of some lost or last note, lost or last amenity: a tangential, verging movement out (outlantish).