adjective Etymology: Latin tenac-, tenax tending to hold fast, from tenēre to hold Date: 1607 1. a. not easily pulled apart ; cohesive <
a tenacious metal
b. tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance <
tenacious burs
2. a. persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired <
a tenacious advocate of civil rights
tenacious negotiators
b. retentive <
a tenacious memory
Synonyms: see strongtenaciously adverbtenaciousness noun

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