tenacious

[tuh-ney-shuhs]
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adjective
  1. holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often followed by of): a tenacious grip on my arm; tenacious of old habits.
  2. highly retentive: a tenacious memory.
  3. pertinacious, persistent, stubborn, or obstinate.
  4. adhesive or sticky; viscous or glutinous.
  5. holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough.

Origin of tenacious

First recorded in 1600–10; tenaci(ty) + -ous
Related formste·na·cious·ly, adverbte·na·cious·ness, nouno·ver·te·na·cious, adjectiveo·ver·te·na·cious·ly, adverbo·ver·te·na·cious·ness, nounun·te·na·cious, adjectiveun·te·na·cious·ly, adverbun·te·na·cious·ness, noun

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3. opinionated, dogged. 4. clinging.
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tenacious

adjective
  1. holding or grasping firmly; forcefula tenacious grip
  2. retentivea tenacious memory
  3. stubborn or persistenta tenacious character
  4. holding together firmly; tough or cohesivetenacious cement
  5. tending to stick or adheretenacious mud
Derived Formstenaciously, adverbtenaciousness or tenacity (tɪˈnæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for tenacious

C16: from Latin tenāx, from tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for tenaciously

tenacious

adj.

c.1600, from Latin tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously; tenaciousness.

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tenaciously in Medicine

tenacious

[tə-nāshəs]
adj.
  1. Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
  2. Holding together firmly; cohesive.
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