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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
1600-1610
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.
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Examples for tenaciously
  • Yet despite large museums' financial advantage, small, esoteric museums have held on tenaciously.
  • She has also, on more than one occasion, attacked our beagle and tenaciously refused to let go.
  • True, but the past hangs on pretty tenaciously, too.
  • But academia holds tenaciously to the myth of legibility.
  • Stimson has good speed, agility and plays tenaciously.
  • He held it to be an incontrovertible truth that this duality is inherent in human consciousness, is tenaciously rooted in it.
  • No long-serving despot is clinging tenaciously to power.
  • But the fear of retribution may make the junta resist reform even more tenaciously.
  • As the two main political parties decline, so they cling more tenaciously to power.
  • And nowhere do those loners breed more tenaciously than in the field of folk-pop.
British Dictionary definitions for tenaciously

tenacious

/tɪˈneɪʃəs/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
tenaciously, adverb
tenaciousness, tenacity (tɪˈnæsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin tenāx, from tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for tenaciously
tenacious
c.1600, from L. tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously.
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tenaciously 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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