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Meaning of TENACIOUS

Pronunciation:  tu'neyshus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs"
  2. [adj]  (of memory) having greater than average range; "a long memory especially for insults"; "a tenacious memory"
  3. [adj]  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"
 

TENACIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with T.

 

 Synonyms: adhesive, bulldog, coherent, dogged, dour, long, pertinacious, retentive, stubborn, unyielding
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Te*na"cious\, a. [L. tenax, -acis, from tenere to
hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Tenace}.]
1. Holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain
   what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just
   rights.

2. Apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory.

3. Having parts apt to adhere to each other; cohesive; tough;
   as, steel is a tenacious metal; tar is more tenacious than
   oil. --Sir I. Newton.

4. Apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous;
   sticking; adhesive. ``Female feet, too weak to struggle
   with tenacious clay.'' --Cowper.

5. Niggardly; closefisted; miserly. --Ainsworth.

6. Holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate;
   stubborn. -- {Te*na"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Te*na"cious*ness},
   n.

 

 

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