Definitions for tenacioustəˈneɪ ʃəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retentive, recollective, long, tenacious(adj)

    good at remembering

    "a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"

  2. dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding(adj)

    stubbornly unyielding

    "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"

  3. coherent, tenacious(adj)

    sticking together

    "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs"


  1. tenacious(Adjective)

    clinging to an object or surface; adhesive

  2. tenacious(Adjective)

    unwilling to yield or give up; dogged

  3. tenacious(Adjective)

    holding together; cohesive

  4. tenacious(Adjective)

    having a good memory; retentive

  5. Origin: From tenax, from tenere .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenacious(adj)

    holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just rights

  2. Tenacious(adj)

    apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory

  3. Tenacious(adj)

    having parts apt to adhere to each other; cohesive; tough; as, steel is a tenacious metal; tar is more tenacious than oil

  4. Tenacious(adj)

    apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous; sticking; adhesive

  5. Tenacious(adj)

    niggardly; closefisted; miserly

  6. Tenacious(adj)

    holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate; stubborn


  1. SV Tenacious

    The STS Tenacious is a modern British wooden sail training ship, specially designed in the 1990s to accommodate anyone over 16 with a disability. Launched in 2000, it became the largest wooden tall ship built in the United Kingdom in the last 100 years. It is 65 metres long, including bowsprit, and it is rigged as a barque with two mizzen gaffs. Its deck is 49.85 metres long, its hull is 54.02 metres long, and it has a beam of 10.6 metres at its widest point. A press release from the Belfast Maritime Festival on June 22, 2006 announced that the Tenacious was "the largest wooden ship still afloat". The Tenacious displaces about 714 tons. Its maiden voyage was on 1 September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth. The ship is owned by a UK-based charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which also owns the 42 metre long tall ship STS Lord Nelson. The Tenacious featured in the first episode of Channel 5's Sea Patrol UK, when one of the crew members had fallen ill and needed to be winched into an RAF Westland Sea King and taken to hospital.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paul de Man:

    Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.

  2. Reed Scherer:

    It really shows how tenacious life is, the possibilities are just beyond our prediction.

  3. Tindo Managing Director Adrian Ferraretto:

    It's stunted our growth, we are survivors, we're tenacious, but our potential can't be realised as quickly as it otherwise could be.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    It takes courage, unfailing faith or resolute spirit to square challenges away i.e. until and unless you are courageous and resolute or tenacious you can't and won't deal with life's challenges satisfactorily.

  5. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.

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  • tenaçCatalan, Valencian
  • beharrlich, hartnäckigGerman
  • tenazSpanish
  • itsepintainen, itsepäinen, luja, hyvämuistinen, tarttuva, sitkeä, sinnikäsFinnish
  • tenaceFrench
  • greamúsachIrish
  • կպչուն, բռնունակ, հաստատակամ, կառչուն, համառ, ուժեղArmenian
  • ngotot, gigihIndonesian
  • haldgóður, minnisgóður, fastheldinnIcelandic
  • 頑強Japanese
  • mahatadidy betsakaMalagasy
  • hardnekkigDutch
  • tenaz, aderente, teimoso, porfiadoPortuguese
  • липкий, клейкий, настойчивый, крепкий, упрямый, упорный, цепкий, вязкийRussian
  • keukeuhSundanese
  • fasthållande, klibbig, seg, kvarhållande, fast, säker, orubblig, fasthängande, seglivad, hårdnackad, ihärdigSwedish
  • bildiğinden şaşmaz, yapışkan, sıkıca tutan, inatçı, dik kafalıTurkish

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