What does tenacious mean?

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təˈneɪ ʃəstena·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retentive, recollective, long, tenaciousadjective

    good at remembering

    "a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"

  2. dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyieldingadjective

    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, tenaciousadjective

    sticking together

    "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs"


  1. tenaciousadjective

    clinging to an object or surface; adhesive

    Etymology: From tenax, from tenere .

  2. tenaciousadjective

    unwilling to yield or give up; dogged

    Etymology: From tenax, from tenere .

  3. tenaciousadjective

    holding together; cohesive

    Etymology: From tenax, from tenere .

  4. tenaciousadjective

    having a good memory; retentive

    Etymology: From tenax, from tenere .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tenaciousadjective

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

  2. Tenaciousadjective

    apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory

  3. Tenaciousadjective

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

  4. Tenaciousadjective

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

  5. Tenaciousadjective

    niggardly; closefisted; miserly

  6. Tenaciousadjective

    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.]

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  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

Examples of tenacious in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    It is much easier to teach an uneducated person than the backward cultural values persistent and tenacious one, who lives, into yesterday, not today.

  2. 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.

  3. Reed Scherer:

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

  4. Olivia Phillips:

    Kim Kardashian herself.Read MoreBut Huda is the best kind of success story, tenacious, talented, a working mum with a family...( Kim Kardashian herself.Read MoreBut Huda's) the poster girl for the kind of entrepreneurial spirit we pride ourselves on in Middle Easts.


    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.

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    relating to or concerned with a city or densely populated area
    • A. dangerous
    • B. urban
    • C. blistering
    • D. occasional

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