Definitions for tenacioustəˈneɪ ʃəs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often fol. by of):
a tenacious grip; tenacious of old habits.
a tenacious memory.
persistent or stubborn.
adhesive or sticky.
holding together; cohesive.
Origin of tenacious:
1600–10; < L tenāx, s. tenāc- holding fast, tenacious, adj. der. of tenēre to hold
retentive, recollective, long, tenacious(adj)
good at remembering
"a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"
dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding(adj)
"dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"
"two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs"
clinging to an object or surface; adhesive
unwilling to yield or give up; dogged
holding together; cohesive
having a good memory; retentive
Origin: From tenax, from tenere .
holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just rights
apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory
having parts apt to adhere to each other; cohesive; tough; as, steel is a tenacious metal; tar is more tenacious than oil
apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous; sticking; adhesive
niggardly; closefisted; miserly
holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate; stubborn
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