What does tenacious mean?

Definitions for tenacioustəˈneɪ ʃəs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tenacious.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tenacious

    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. tenaxtenēre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenacious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenacious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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.


    Strive to be tenacious in all you do in life, most especially in pursuing your dreams, visions or aspirations i.e. never give up even when the going gets tough, just dare to hang in there. ~Emeasoba George.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of tenacious

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Translations for tenacious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • عنيدArabic
  • tenaçCatalan, Valencian
  • beharrlich, hartnäckig, zähGerman
  • tenazSpanish
  • itsepintainen, itsepäinen, luja, hyvämuistinen, tarttuva, sitkeä, sinnikäsFinnish
  • tenaceFrench
  • greamúsachIrish
  • կպչուն, բռնունակ, հաստատակամ, կառչուն, համառ, ուժեղArmenian
  • ngotot, gigihIndonesian
  • haldgóður, minnisgóður, fastheldinnIcelandic
  • מִתעַקֵשׁHebrew
  • 頑強Japanese
  • mahatadidy betsakaMalagasy
  • hardnekkigDutch
  • wytrwałyPolish
  • tenaz, aderente, teimoso, porfiado, persistentePortuguese
  • 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
  • ngoan cốVietnamese
  • 頑強Chinese

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