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pertinacious

[pur-tn-ey-shuh s] /ˌpɜr tnˈeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute.
2.
stubborn or obstinate.
3.
extremely or objectionably persistent:
a pertinacious salesman from whom I could not escape.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; pertinaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
pertinaciously, adverb
pertinaciousness, noun
Synonyms
1. persevering. 2. dogged.
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pertinacious

/ˌpɜːtɪˈneɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
doggedly resolute in purpose or belief; unyielding
2.
stubbornly persistent
Derived Forms
pertinaciously, adverb
pertinacity (ˌpɜːtɪˈnæsɪtɪ), pertinaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pertināx, from per- (intensive) + tenāx clinging, from tenēre to hold
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