- the quality of being tenacious, or of holding fast; persistence: the amazing tenacity of rumors.
- the quality of retaining something: the tenacity of memory.
- the quality or property of holding together firmly: testing the tenacity of the old book's binding.
Origin of tenacity
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Examples from the Web for tenacity
Part of this tenacity, says McDaniel, seems born of his own struggle.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
August 27, 2014
Kim approached her career with tenacity and sincerity; any sort of coolness, remove, or privacy was not a luxury she could afford.Kim Kardashian Isn't the Butt of Jokes Anymore
August 14, 2014
Duran believe that patience and tenacity helped things progress this far and they will be required in order for continued success.Helter Smelter No More: Moving to Conflict Free Minerals
June 26, 2014
Sometimes this tenacity breaks its bounds, spilling into the primitive.Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s Notorious Soccer Vampire, Strikes Again—Biting Italian in World Cup Win
June 24, 2014
Harding attacked her routines with a resilience and tenacity that reflected her training and upbringing.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
January 15, 2014
She clung to appearances with a tenacity that nothing could shake.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
The tenacity of this straw makes it very valuable for such purposes.In the Heart of Vosges
I was somewhat irritated at the tenacity of this amiable diplomatist.My Double Life
Here was a combination of the tenacity of steel with much of the flexibility of rope.
"Yet it is evidence of a kind," insisted Carruthers, with the tenacity of a bull-dog.The Snare
Word Origin and History for tenacity
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).