Tenacious Definition

tə-nāshəs
adjective
Holding firmly.
A tenacious grip.
Webster's New World
Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring.
Tenacious detective work; tenacious superstitions.
American Heritage
Persistent; stubborn.
Tenacious courage.
Webster's New World
That holds together strongly; cohesive.
Webster's New World
That retains well; retentive.
A tenacious memory.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Tenacious

  • From Latin tenāx tenāc- holding fast from tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tenāx (“holding fast, clinging"), from tenÄ“re (“to hold") +"Ž -ious.

    From Wiktionary

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