Definition of


  1. (adj, all) sticking together
    tenacious burrs
  2. (adj, all) good at remembering
    tenacious memory
  3. (adj, all) stubbornly unyielding
    dour determination
    the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics
    a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it
    men tenacious of opinion

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Tenacious

Derivations: tenaciousness, tenacity

Origin of the word Tenacious

  1. c.1600, from L. tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast" (see tenacity). Related: Tenaciously. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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