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tenacity

[tuh-nas-i-tee] /təˈnæs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality of being tenacious, or of holding fast; persistence:
the amazing tenacity of rumors.
2.
the quality of retaining something:
the tenacity of memory.
3.
the quality or property of holding together firmly:
testing the tenacity of the old book's binding.
Origin of tenacity
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin tenācitās equivalent to tenāc- (stem of tenāx) holding fast, derivative of tenēre to hold + -itās -ity2
Related forms
overtenacity, noun
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  • This incident gives a just idea of the tenacity with which the English hold to what their fathers did before them.

  • Some of us may regret that their tenacity so far outstrips their idealism.

  • He did it, and hugged Dan round the neck with the tenacity of a shipwrecked mariner clinging to his last plank.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was not strength so much as boldness and tenacity that conquered here.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • As already said he hit the mark fairly, and clung to Moses with a tenacity that was born of mingled love and desperation.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
Word Origin and History for tenacity
n.

early 15c., from Middle French ténacité (14c.), from Latin tenacitas "the act of holding fast," from tenax (genitive tenacis) "tough, holding fast," from tenere "to hold" (see tenet).

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