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