in a strong, tight, or secure manner:With its creeping roots and clawed tendrils, the invasive cat’s claw vine clings tenaciously to almost any surface.
in a persistent or stubborn manner:Traditional pastoralist societies have tenaciously held on to their customs and rituals in the face of tremendous pressure from governments bent on development.
- o·ver·te·na·cious·ly, adverb
- un·te·na·cious·ly, adverb
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How to use tenaciously in a sentence
If the hackers are indeed from Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence agency, as experts believe, their resistance may be tenacious.Mike Pompeo: Russia was ‘pretty clearly’ behind SolarWinds cyberattack on government and business | matthewheimer | December 19, 2020 | Fortune
But between the needles she shoved into collapsing veins, Grace fought tenaciously for a way out.
Make sure everyone understands the rules, and then stick tenaciously to them.What Hockey Players Can Teach our Toothless Politicians | Dave Maney | April 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just so, the Romney campaign has tenaciously clung to financial privacy.Mitt Romney and Chick-fil-A Resemble Each Other in So Many Ways It’s Scary | Daniel Gross | August 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
With no place to run, the dictators can only cling to power more tenaciously.
It will hold tenaciously there, the last of its race, days after the decay of its greener and more healthy-looking mates.
Bruce presently came up with large reinforcements, but the castle held out tenaciously, and surrendered only to famine.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
He clings tenaciously to his unintelligible language, and is quite certain that he is superior to the whole human race.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
The great point is gained, compelling Lee to abandon the ground which he has held so tenaciously.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
The nobles and the clergy adhered tenaciously to their privileges, and the Court would curtail none of its unnecessary expenses.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX | John Lord