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retentive, recollective, long, tenaciousadjective
good at remembering
"a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"
dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyieldingadjective
"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
Etymology: From tenax, from tenere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: tenax, Lat.
A resolute tenacious adherence to well chosen principles, makes the face of a governor shine in the eyes of those that see his actions. South.
Griping, and still tenacious of thy hold,
Wou’d’st thou the Grecian chiefs, though largely soul’d,
Shou’d give the prises they had gain’d. Dryden.
You reign absolute over the hearts of a stubborn and freeborn people, tenacious to madness of their liberty. Dryden.
True love’s a miser; so tenacious grown,
He weighs to the least grain of what’s his own. Dryden.
Men are tenacious of the opinions that first possess them. John Locke.
He is tenacious of his own property, and ready to invade that of others. Arbuthnot.
The memory in some is very tenacious; but yet there seems to be a constant decay of all our ideas, even of those which are struck deepest, and in minds the most retentive. John Locke.
Three equal round vessels filled, the one with water, the other with oil, the third with molten pitch, and the liquors stirred alike to give them a vortical motion; the pitch by its tenacity will lose its motion quickly, the oil being less tenacious will keep it longer, and the water being less tenacious will keep it longest, but yet will lose it in a short time. Newt.
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tē-nā′shus, adj. retaining or holding fast: apt to stick: stubborn.—adv. Tenā′ciously.—ns. Tenā′ciousness, Tenac′ity, quality of being tenacious: the quality of bodies which makes them stick to others. [L. tenax—tenēre.]
The numerical value of Tenacious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Tenacious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of Tenacious in a Sentence
It really shows how tenacious life is, the possibilities are just beyond our prediction.
Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
Most men act real stupid trying to restrain the emotions of an emotionally strong and tenacious woman. They often find themselves in an -emotional quick sand- the more they wiggle, the deeper they sink-after someone dies of course! what stupidity!
The cyber threat to our country is going to get worse before it gets better, bad cyber actors — whether they’re nation states, cyber criminals, hacktivists, those who engage in ransomware — are increasingly aggressive, tenacious and ingenious.
Jack is one of the most tenacious and gracious and humble people Ive ever coached, he is a loved young man whom everyone is rooting for.
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- tenaçCatalan, Valencian
- zäh, hartnäckig, beharrlichGerman
- sinnikäs, tarttuva, hyvämuistinen, sitkeä, luja, itsepintainen, itsepäinenFinnish
- կառչուն, ուժեղ, համառ, հաստատակամ, բռնունակ, կպչունArmenian
- gigih, ngototIndonesian
- minnisgóður, haldgóður, fastheldinnIcelandic
- mahatadidy betsakaMalagasy
- teimoso, aderente, tenaz, porfiado, persistentePortuguese
- липкий, цепкий, упорный, упрямый, крепкий, настойчивый, клейкий, вязкийRussian
- fasthängande, hårdnackad, fasthållande, klibbig, seg, kvarhållande, fast, säker, orubblig, seglivad, ihärdigSwedish
- yapışkan, sıkıca tutan, inatçı, dik kafalı, bildiğinden şaşmazTurkish
- ngoan cốVietnamese
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