1Tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely: a tenacious grip
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- They brushed at tenacious bits of clinging greenery.
- I think that Africa will always hold a tenacious grip on me, and I do feel sad to be leaving my friends.
- Popular culture has a tenacious grip on most kids, parents, and even us teachers.
1.1Not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined: this tenacious defence of local liberties you’re tenacious and you get at the truth
1.2Persisting in existence; not easily dispelled: a tenacious local legend
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- His rosy view has proved remarkably tenacious.
- These hardy and tenacious insects have lived on the planet for 400 million years.
- The tribal loyalties of some hostel residents have proved tenacious.
persevering, persistent, pertinacious, determined, dogged, single-minded, strong-willed, tireless, indefatigable, resolute, patient, purposeful, diligent, assiduous, sedulous, unflagging, staunch, steadfast, untiring, unwavering, unswerving, unshakeable, unyielding, uncompromising, insistent, importunate, relentless, unrelenting, inexorable, implacable;
stubborn, intransigent, obstinate, obdurate, stiff-necked;
North American rock-ribbed
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- His determination, tenaciousness and commitment to the game makes him one of our truly great players.
- Much of this stubborn tenaciousness was inherited from his devoted mother.
- One never feels that he is wholly approving of the growing tenaciousness of William and Emily's relationship.
Early 17th century: from Latin tenax, tenac- (from tenere 'to hold') + -ious.
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