Definition of tenacity in US English:



  • 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
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    1. 1.1 The quality or fact of being very determined; determination.
      ‘you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys’
      • ‘Dressed simply in brown unitards, they brought a workmanlike tenacity to their precarious endeavors.’
      • ‘The tenacity of the gay community paid off in a huge way.’
      • ‘He had a chance to measure the motive forces of men; their qualities of character; their foresight; their tenacity of purpose.’
      • ‘A lot of farmers, he believes, would have given up, but sheer tenacity and economic need kept him going.’
      • ‘His tenacity has seen him through some tough bouts.’
      • ‘It is only their tenacity that has brought about eventual justice.’
      • ‘The skill and tenacity of the teaching assistants were very apparent, often in the face of challenging new extensions to their role.’
      • ‘Wilson was tentative for the first few weeks and didn't display his usual tenacity.’
      • ‘If only his tenacity in pursuing ways to halt the arms race were contagious and could be passed on to certain political leaders.’
      • ‘Her tenacity, her fight for life, surprised even the doctors.’
      • ‘Their claims require evidence that can sometimes only be obtained with detective-like tenacity.’
      • ‘Whatever you might think about the man, his morals, or his use of drugs, you have to admire his tenacity in the face of illness.’
      • ‘The swirl of conversation takes us to the legendary Aussie tenacity that he himself used to personify on the cricket field.’
      • ‘The sheer tenacity of belief in it, rather than fact, has sustained a form of representative government for over two centuries.’
      • ‘He has good strength but needs quickness, tenacity and stamina.’
      • ‘We should respect and admire their tenacity and self-belief, if not their ability to provide us with actual data.’
      • ‘We see the kind of stuff this young Scotch lad was made of in the tenacity with which he held to his plan.’
      • ‘With so many suppliers and variables he had to possess a fair degree of tenacity.’
      • ‘He doesn't always block his man as designed, but he usually gets the job done, thanks to his tenacity.’
      • ‘What she lacks in skill she makes up for with tenacity.’
    2. 1.2 The quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.
      ‘the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record’
      • ‘The photograph, she adds, "exemplifies the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record."’