tenaciousness

tenacious

[tuh-ney-shuhs]
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:
1600–10; tenaci(ty) + -ous

tenaciously, adverb
tenaciousness, noun
overtenacious, adjective
overtenaciously, adverb
overtenaciousness, noun
untenacious, adjective
untenaciously, adverb
untenaciousness, noun


3. opinionated, dogged. 4. clinging.
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tenacious (tɪˈneɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  holding or grasping firmly; forceful: a tenacious grip
2.  retentive: a tenacious memory
3.  stubborn or persistent: a tenacious character
4.  holding together firmly; tough or cohesive: tenacious cement
5.  tending to stick or adhere: tenacious mud
 
[C16: from Latin tenāx, from tenēre to hold]
 
te'naciously
 
adv
 
te'naciousness
 
n
 
tenacity
 
n

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tenacious
c.1600, from L. tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously.
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tenacious te·na·cious (tə-nā'shəs)
adj.

  1. Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.

  2. Holding together firmly; cohesive.

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