untenacity

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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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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