- the quality of being pertinacious; persistence.
Origin of pertinacity
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Related Wordspigheadedness, tenaciousness, reluctance, mulishness, perversity, determination, purpose, tenacity, perverseness, doggedness, obstinance, willfulness
Examples from the Web for pertinacity
But that mild and meek man had a certain strength of pertinacity.Within the Law
But she shook her head and rose—angry, which she hid, but also amused at his pertinacity.Quaint Courtships
I think I've shown that by my pertinacity in hunting you down.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
But the pertinacity of that brass-bound Paul Pry was astonishing.Tales Of Hearsay
"I believe not," said Helen, smiling at the pertinacity of his curiosity.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for pertinacity
c.1500, from Middle French pertinacité (early 15c.), from Old French pertinace "obstinate, stubborn," from Latin pertinacem (nominative pertinax) "very firm, tenacious, steadfast, persevering," from per- "very" (see per) + tenax (see tenacious). It drove out earlier pertinacy (late 14c.).