Tenacious meaning

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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.

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Holding together firmly; cohesive.

A tenacious material.

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Tending to retain; retentive.

A tenacious memory.

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That holds together strongly; cohesive.
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Holding firmly.

A tenacious grip.

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That retains well; retentive.

A tenacious memory.

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That clings; adhesive.
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Persistent; stubborn.

Tenacious courage.

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Unwilling to yield or give up; dogged.
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Having a good memory; retentive.
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Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.

Tenacious lint.

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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