- 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
Synonyms for tenaciousSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for tenaciouslyfirmly, resolutely, determinedly, doggedly, tenaciously, strictly, stubbornly, steadfastly, staunchly, persistently, adamantly, decisively, obstinately, unwaveringly, inflexibly, unreasonably, contumaciously, fixedly, indomitably, intractably
Examples from the Web for tenaciously
Contemporary Examples of tenaciously
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
August 23, 2012
Historical Examples of tenaciously
Winter held on tenaciously and mercilessly, but it has let go.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
They hold the same name as tenaciously as we do, against us.
But he does think, slowly and tenaciously, as a cuttlefish grips.A Poor Man's House
Stephen Sydney Reynolds
It is the people with fewest ideas that cling to them most tenaciously.The Book of Business Etiquette
He wondered impatiently why he clung so tenaciously to that idea.The Silver Butterfly
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
- 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
Word Origin for tenacious
c.1600, from Latin tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously; tenaciousness.
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive.