- holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often followed by of): a tenacious grip on my arm; tenacious of old habits.
- highly retentive: a tenacious memory.
- pertinacious, persistent, stubborn, or obstinate.
- adhesive or sticky; viscous or glutinous.
- holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough.
Origin of tenacious
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Examples from the Web for tenacious
For half a century, Ferencz, a tenacious 95-year-old, has been on his own Lemkin-esque campaign.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
But tenacious Albanian partisans kept reinserting the claim.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Ware, a tenacious pass-rusher, is a 7-time Pro Bowler and the Cowboys all-time leader in sacks, with 117 in nine seasons.First Mega-Deal Is Done as the NFL’s Free Agent Scrap Begins
March 12, 2014
Attention all you Darwinists still battling the tenacious Creationists (and losing miserably)!What the Man With No Ass Crack Can Teach Darwinists and Creationists
January 14, 2014
“The only way to get justice is to patient and persistent and tenacious,” Browder says.Fraud and the City: Russia’s Manhattan Money Laundering
September 16, 2013
He knew that here was a bold and tenacious spirit, kin to that of Grant.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
My mother's imagination was as vivacious, but not as tenacious as my own.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
She seldom showed any anger; but when she did it was tenacious, and slow to be appeased.The Fat and the Thin
Ganymede was of a tenacious mettle, and of this he now afforded proof.Bardelys the Magnificent
To the man who had done him some service, of tenacious memory.Agesilaus
- holding or grasping firmly; forcefula tenacious grip
- retentivea tenacious memory
- stubborn or persistenta tenacious character
- holding together firmly; tough or cohesivetenacious cement
- tending to stick or adheretenacious mud
Word Origin and History for tenacious
c.1600, from Latin tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously; tenaciousness.
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive.