- The definition of tenacious is someone or something that holds on firmly.
- An example of tenacious is a person who lives for another twenty years with a terminal disease.
- An example of tenacious is the way a lady bug goes after its garden prey.
- holding firmly: a tenacious grip
- that retains well; retentive: a tenacious memory
- that holds together strongly; cohesive; tough: a tenacious wood
- that clings; adhesive; sticky
- persistent; stubborn: tenacious courage
Origin of tenaciousClassical Latin tenax (gen. tenacis) ; from tenere, to hold: see tenant
- a. Extremely persistent in adhering to or doing something; stubborn or relentless: “tenacious defenders of their harsh and pitiless land” (Dee Brown).b. Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring: tenacious detective work; tenacious superstitions.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive: a tenacious material.
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive: tenacious lint.
- Tending to retain; retentive: a tenacious memory.
Origin of tenaciousFrom Latin tenāx, tenāc-, holding fast, from tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- te·nac′i·ty , te·na′cious·ness
(comparative more tenacious, superlative most tenacious)
From Latin tenÄx (“holding fast, clinging"), from tenÄ“re (“to hold") +"Ž -ious.