tenacious

[tuh-ney-shuh s] /təˈneɪ ʃəs/
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
Related forms
tenaciously, adverb
tenaciousness, noun
overtenacious, adjective
overtenaciously, adverb
overtenaciousness, noun
untenacious, adjective
untenaciously, adverb
untenaciousness, noun
Synonyms
3. opinionated, dogged. 4. clinging.
Example Sentences for tenacious
They can and should call for meaningful political change and increased sanctions, but this regime is strong and tenacious.
But they also had a few magical encounters while capturing the penguins' tenacious will to survive.
They start out with certain virtues but then develop more tenacious ones.
Beneath the giggling, however, lies a tenacious persona.
She is a leader in the state and national arts community and a tenacious advocate for the arts.
We will be tenacious problem solvers focused on customer satisfaction.
British Dictionary definitions for tenacious
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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Word Origin and History for tenacious
tenacious
c.1600, from L. tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously.
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tenacious in Medicine

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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