- 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: L tenax (gen. tenacis) from tenere, to hold: see tenant
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- Holding or tending to hold persistently to something, such as a point of view.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive: a tenacious material.
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive: tenacious lint.
- Tending to retain; retentive: a tenacious memory.
Origin: From Latin tenāx, tenāc-, holding fast, from tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- te·naˈcious·ly adverb
- te·naˈcious·ness noun
tenacious - Medical Definition
- Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
- Holding together firmly; cohesive.