- 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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3. opinionated, dogged. 4. clinging.
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Examples from the Web for tenaciousness
Reivers with more than human tenaciousness had retained a glimmer of consciousness.The Snow-Burner
"Certainly, sir, you are gifted with tenaciousness," cried the captain.The Waif of the "Cynthia"
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I did not know his tenaciousness of titles—he was an esquire also—which was my first unpardonable offence.The Funny Side of Physic
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And now that I hope you are better, with what tenaciousness does it cling to you!The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume II (of 2)</p>
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He thought the tenaciousness of approaching the Treasury was carried too far in the present instance.
- 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
C16: from Latin tenāx, from tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for tenaciousness
c.1600, from Latin tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously; tenaciousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive.
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