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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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British Dictionary definitions for untenacious

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 untenacious

tenacious

adj.

c.1600, from Latin tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously; tenaciousness.

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untenacious 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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