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tenacious

te·na·cious

tenacious

 
 
pronunciation:
t neI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: tending to cling to another substance or surface; adhesive; sticky.
Glue is a tenacious substance.
synonyms:
adhesive, gluey, sticky
similar words:
adherent, fast, gummy
definition 2: holding on or tending to hold on strongly or persistently (sometimes fol. by of).
That simply being cold can cause one to catch a cold is a false but tenacious idea.The elders of the village were tenacious of the old ways.If you are tenacious, you may realize a dream that seems impossible.
synonyms:
persevering, persistent, pertinacious
similar words:
enduring, resolute, steadfast
definition 3: holding firmly together; not readily separated; cohesive.
synonyms:
cohesive
similar words:
fused, sticking
definition 4: retentive, as a person's memory.
synonyms:
retentive
derivations: tenaciously (adv.), tenaciousness (n.)
Word Parts
The word tenacious contains the following parts:
-acious Latin adjective-forming suffix that means full of, characterized by
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The suffix -acious forms adjectives from Latinate nouns ending in "-acity," "-acy," or "-ce." Most common adjectives ending in -acious have a corresponding noun form ending in "-acity."