Adjective "Tenacious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely.
  1. 'Special solvents control the coalescence of the latex particles into a tough, tenacious film.'
  2. 'The state is suffering under a tenacious recession.'
  3. 'They brushed at tenacious bits of clinging greenery.'
  4. 'They both maintain a tenacious grip on the receiver and attempt to get it away from each other.'
  5. 'I think that Africa will always hold a tenacious grip on me, and I do feel sad to be leaving my friends.'
  6. 'you're tenacious and you get at the truth'
  7. 'They are persistent, strong-willed individuals who may become even more tenacious when faced with obstacles.'
  8. 'While being smart is good, working hard and being tenacious is even better.'
  9. 'He was targeted by another stalker, equally as tenacious as the first.'
  10. 'He is more tenacious than he is fast.'
  11. 'He was one of the most tenacious individuals I'd ever come across.'
  12. 'He is remembered as a tenacious and talented reporter.'
  13. 'The debate was fast and furious, with the press at their most tenacious.'
  14. 'She appeared to be very tenacious and very determined.'
  15. 'She has been a tenacious champion of human rights for many years.'
  16. 'He has a reputation for being a tough and tenacious negotiator.'
  17. 'These hardy and tenacious insects have lived on the planet for 400 million years.'
  18. 'His rosy view has proved remarkably tenacious.'


1. holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often followed by of): a tenacious grip on my arm; tenacious of old habits.

2. highly retentive: a tenacious memory.

3. pertinacious, persistent, stubborn, or obstinate.

4. adhesive or sticky; viscous or glutinous.

5. holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled asunder; tough.

More examples(as adjective)

"corp.s can be tenacious about kinds."

"roots can be tenacious in springs."

"people can be tenacious on topics."

"markets can be tenacious since dates."

"corps can be tenacious about kinds."

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Early 17th century: from Latin tenax, tenac- (from tenere ‘to hold’) + -ious.