[ US /təˈneɪʃəs/ ]
[ UK /tɛnˈe‍ɪʃəs/ ]
  1. stubbornly unyielding
    men tenacious of opinion
    a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it
    dogged persistence
    the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics
    dour determination
  2. sticking together
    two coherent sheets
    tenacious burrs
  3. good at remembering
    a retentive mind
    tenacious memory
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How To Use tenacious In A Sentence

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  • These tenacious guerrillas come from Chechnya, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan, and they use classical guerrilla hit-and-run tactics.
  • This wonderful diverse stretch of woodland clings tenaciously to the almost precipitous sides of the gorge.
  • Cleopatra _Cleopatra_ compatriot _compatriot_ gratis _gratis_ or _grahtis_ harem _harem_ or _hahrem_ heinous _hanous_ hiatus _hiatus_ implacable _implakable_ nape _nap_ née _na_ négligé _naglezha'_ patron _patron_ protégé _protazha'_ résumé _razuma'_ tenacious _tenashus_ tomato _tomato_ or _tomahto_ valet _va'la_ or _val'et_ vase _vas, vahz_, or _vaz_ veracious _verashus_ vivacious _vivashus_ Practical Grammar and Composition
  • She appeared to be very tenacious and very determined.
  • The soil of these plains was a stiff tenacious clay, and had every appearance of being frequently under water: as we were now in the parallel of the spot where the river divided into branches, the altered appearance of the country induced us to hope that we should shortly fall in with some permanent water, and be relieved from the constant anxiety attendant on the precarious supply to which we had lately been enured. Journals of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales
  • The hypertonicity of the radiopaque agent draws fluid into the bowel to facilitate passage and expulsion of the tenacious meconium.
  • Nevertheless, the modern law of contracts tenaciously clings to the liberal ideal of individual autonomy.
  • All the fish of these jungle rivers demonstrate a desperately tenacious grip on life.
  • Jarvis Cocker: "Why do they call a puny person a weed, when weeds are tenacious plants that grow in adverse circumstances? Thin is in: in search of the perfect male body
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