tenacity

[tuh-nas-i-tee]
noun
the quality or property of being tenacious.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin tenācitās equivalent to tenāc- (stem of tenāx) holding fast, derivative of tenēre to hold + -itās -ity2

overtenacity, noun
untenacity, noun


See perseverance.
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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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tenacity
1520s, from M.Fr. ténacité (14c.), from L. tenacitas "the act of holding fast," from tenax (gen. tenacis) "tough, holding fast," from tenere "to hold" (see tenet).
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Example sentences
The point is, adjuncts can solve their office-space problems with some
  resourcefulness and tenacity.
Foremost of all is the lesson of tenacity, of stubborn fixity of purpose.
The study of a habit of mind, with its tenacity of life, is an instructive and
  entertaining branch of history.
There is nothing surprising in this extraordinary tenacity.
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