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te·na·cious    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (t-nshs)        adj.
Holding or tending to hold persistently to something, such as a point of view.
Holding together firmly; cohesive: a tenacious material.
Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive: tenacious lint.
Tending to retain; retentive: a tenacious memory.
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[From Latin tenx, tenc-, holding fast, from tenre, to hold. See ten- in Indo-European Roots.]
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te·nacious·ly        adv.
te·nacious·ness   n.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

te·na·cious (t-nshs)        adj.
Clinging to another object or surface; adhesive.
Holding together firmly; cohesive.

Source: The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Main Entry: te·na·cious
Pronunciation: t&-'nA-sh&s        Function: adjective
tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance : VISCOUS <coughed up 150 cc. of thick
tenacious sputum —Journal of the American Medical Association>

Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

tenacious
\Te*na"cious\, a. [L. tenax, -acis, from tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Tenace.] 1. Holding fast,
or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just rights.
2. Apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory.
3. Having parts apt to adhere to each other; cohesive; tough; as, steel is a tenacious metal; tar is
more tenacious than oil. --Sir I. Newton.
4. Apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous; sticking; adhesive. ``Female feet, too
weak to struggle with tenacious clay.'' --Cowper.
5. Niggardly; closefisted; miserly. --Ainsworth.
6. Holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate; stubborn. -- Te*na\"cious*ly, adv. -- Te*na\"
cious*ness, n.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Tenacious        adj
1: stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and
pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot;
"men tenacious of opinion" [syn: bulldog, dogged, dour, pertinacious, unyielding] 2: (of memory)
having greater than average range; "a long memory especially for insults"; "a tenacious memory"
[syn: long] 3: sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs" [syn: coherent]