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tenacious (stubborn)

Definition:

stubbornly unyielding

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

tenaciousness | tenacity

Derivative:

tenaciously

Comparative:

more tenacious

Superlative:

most tenacious

Similar to:

stubborn

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it" - T.S. Eliot
  • men tenacious of opinion

Etymology:

From Latin tenāx, tenāc-, holding fast, from tenēre, to hold; see ten- in...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of tenacious...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

dogged | dog | a dog's chance [sense-specific] | a dog's dinner [sense-specific] | a dog's life [sense-specific] | dog eat dog [sense-specific] | like a dog's dinner [sense-specific] | put on the dog [sense-specific] | Canis familiaris [species, sense-specific] | ...

obstinately determined; wilful or tenacious | a domesticated canine mammaloccurring in many breeds that show a great variety in size and form | ... (21 of 910 words, 28 definitions, 27 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dogged

Merriam-Webster:

dogged | persistent [synonym] | insistent [synonym] | patient [synonym] | persevering [synonym] | pertinacious [synonym] | tenacious [synonym] | doggedly [adverb, related] | doggedness [noun, related]

marked by stubborn determination (4 of 156 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dogged

Wikipedia:

Determination [disambiguation]

may refer to: Cell fate determination | Co-determination | Coefficient of determination | Determination (God Forbid album), 2001 | Determination (Tommy Emmanuel album), 1992 | Expert determination | Hidden surface determination | Orbit determination | ... (27 of 129 words, 25 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Determination

Wiktionary:

dogged | committed [synonym, sense-specific] | determined [synonym, sense-specific] | persistent [synonym, sense-specific] | steadfast [synonym, sense-specific] | obstinate [synonym, sense-specific]

simple past tense and past participle of dog | Stubbornly persevering, steadfast. (11 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dogged

Cambridge Dictionary:

dogged | doggedly [adverb, derived] | doggedness [noun, derived]

very determined to do something, even if it's very difficult (10 of 48 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dogged

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dogged | doggedly [adverb, related] | doggedness [noun, uncountable, related]

determined to achieve something and continuing to try despite difficulties (10 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dogged

Oxford Dictionary:

dogged | doggedly [derived] | doggedness [derived]

having or showing tenacity and grim persistence (7 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dogged

Random House Dictionary:

dogged | damned [synonym, sense-specific] | confounded [synonym, sense-specific]

persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious. | "dogged" : [southern United States] : doggoned; damned; confounded. (14 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dogged

New World Dictionary:

dogged | doggedly [adverb, related] | doggedness [noun, related]

not giving in readily; persistent; stubborn (6 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dogged

American Heritage Dictionary:

dogged | doggedly [adverb, related] | doggedness [noun, related]

Stubbornly persevering; tenacious. (3 of 14 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dogged

Encarta Dictionary:

dogged | doggedly [adverb, derived] | doggedness [noun, derived]

determined to continue without giving up in spite of difficulties (10 of 23 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605757​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

tenacious

Origin: From Latin tenāx, tenāc-, holding fast, from tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tenacious

Merriam-Webster:

tenacious

First use: 1607

Origin: Latin tenac-, tenax tending to hold fast, from tenēre to hold

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tenacious

Oxford Dictionary:

tenacious

First use: early 17th century

Origin: Latin tenax, tenac- (from tenere "to hold") + "-ious"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tenacious

New World Dictionary:

tenacious

Origin: Latin tenax (generally tenacis) from tenere, to hold: see "tenant"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tenacious

Wiktionary:

tenacious

Origin: Latin tenāx ("holding fast, clinging"), from tenēre ("to hold") + -ious.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tenacious

Collins Dictionary:

tenacious

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin tenāx, from tenēre to hold

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tenacious

Online Etymology:

tenacious

First use: about 1600

Origin: Latin tenaci-, from tenax "holding fast".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=tenacious

Encarta Dictionary:

tenacious

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin tenac- "holding fast" from tenere "to hold"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861718997​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

tenacious

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tenacious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "tenacious"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tenacious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tenacious

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tenacious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tenacious

Macmillan American Dictionary:

tenacious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tenacious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tenacious

Cambridge Dictionary:

tenacious

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "tenacious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "tenacious"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tenacious

the Free Dictionary:

tenacious

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tenacious"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tenacious"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "tenacious" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/tenacious

Google Dictionary:

tenacious

Audio: English pronunciation of "tenacious"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

tenacious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tenacious"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tenaci​01 word=tenacious

YourDictionary Audio:

tenacious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tenacious" by speech synthesizer

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