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Dictionary Definition

tenacious adj
1 stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion" [syn: bulldog, dogged, dour, pertinacious, unyielding]
2 (of memory) having greater than average range; "a long memory especially for insults"; "a tenacious memory" [syn: long]
3 sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs" [syn: coherent]

User Contributed Dictionary




clinging to an object or surface; adhesive
unwilling to yield from a point of view etc; dogged
holding together; cohesive
having a good memory; retentive

Extensive Definition

Tenacious root word tenac from greek meaning strong/determined:
Ships and boats:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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