Definition of tenacity in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɪˈnasɪti/


[mass noun]
1The quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip: the sheer tenacity of the limpet
persistence, pertinacity, determination, perseverance, doggedness, tenaciousness, single-mindedness, strength of will, firmness of purpose, strength of purpose, fixity of purpose, bulldog spirit, tirelessness, indefatigability, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, patience, purposefulness, staunchness, steadfastness, constancy, staying power, application, diligence, assiduity, sedulousness, insistence, relentlessness, inexorability, inexorableness, implacability, inflexibility;
German Sitzfleisch
informal stickability
North American informal stick-to-it-iveness
rare continuance, perseveration
1.1The quality or fact of being very determined; determination: you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys
More example sentences
  • He had a chance to measure the motive forces of men; their qualities of character; their foresight; their tenacity of purpose.
  • What she lacks in skill she makes up for with tenacity.
  • Dressed simply in brown unitards, they brought a workmanlike tenacity to their precarious endeavors.
1.2The quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence: the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record
More example sentences
  • The photograph, she adds, "exemplifies the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record."

Words that rhyme with tenacity

audacity, capacity, fugacity, loquacity, mendacity, opacity, perspicacity, pertinacity, pugnacity, rapacity, sagacity, sequacity, veracity, vivacity, voracity

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