Definition of Tenacious

1. Adjective. Good at remembering. "Tenacious memory"

2. Adjective. Stubbornly unyielding. "Men tenacious of opinion"

3. Adjective. Sticking together. "Tenacious burrs"
Exact synonyms: Coherent
Similar to: Adhesive
Derivative terms: Cohere, Coherence, Coherency

Definition of Tenacious

1. a. Holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just rights.

Definition of Tenacious

1. Adjective. clinging to an object or surface; adhesive ¹

2. Adjective. unwilling to yield or give up; dogged ¹

3. Adjective. holding together; cohesive ¹

4. Adjective. having a good memory; retentive ¹

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Definition of Tenacious

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Tenacious

1. Sticky; denoting tenacity. Origin: L. Tenax (tenac-), fr. Teneo, to hold (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tenacious

ten percent
ten pound Pom
ten pound tourist
ten sack
ten thousand
ten to
ten to the dozen
tenacious (current term)
tenaculum forceps

Literary usage of Tenacious

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Concordance to the English Poems of Thomas Gray by Albert Stanburrough Cook, Concordance Society (1908)
"tenacious. tenacious of thy right divine, - Ign. 15. The orb on high tenacious of its course, Stat' 10. Tend. Antium; there to tend Her household cares, ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1887)
"... the " Epitaph on an Infant," of which its author seems so proud, so tenacious. ... and of which he had indeed shown himself " tenacious," for it had ..."

3. The History of Scotland During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI by William Robertson, T. Cadell, Arthur Matthew Connolly, En Dieu est tout (1781)
"Barbarians are tenacious of their own ... are frequently no lefs tenacious out of pride. The Greeks were fb in the ancient world; and the French are the ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1890)
"He was averse to change of afl . was tenacious of his opinions, bat fall allowance for the ... tenacious ..."

5. Life-zone Indicators in California by Harvey Monroe Hall, Marcos Sastre, William Hamilton Gibson, Joseph Grinnell (1919)
"THE tenacious OAK-LEAVES April 28th T is not easy to get at the secret of the oak in retaining its ..."

6. English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential by James Edward Smith, James Sowerby (1812)
"It grows in alpine moist situations, amongst mosses, to which its tenacious, fleshy and juicy fronds closely adhere. The form of the whole is more or loss ..."

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