Origin of tenacityClassical Latin tenacitas
The definition of tenacity is the state of holding on to an idea or a thing very strongly.
An example of tenacity is an athlete with an injury completing a difficult race.
the quality or state of being tenacious
- The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose.
- The quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force; cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; - as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc.
- The quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness; viscosity.
- The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder, - usually expressed with reference to a unit area of the cross section of the substance, as the number of pounds per square inch, or kilograms per square centimeter, necessary to produce rupture.
- She fought with tenacity born of desperation.
- In addition, all her planning and tenacity were paying off.
- Bulldogs were formerly employed in bull-baiting, and the tenacity of their grip is proverbial.
- The amir showed his usual ability in diplomatic argument, his tenacity where his own views or claims were in debate, with a sure underlying insight into the real situation.
- Still, his tenacity was what had inspired the name, not his size.