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.
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2. Apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory.
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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.
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4. Apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous; sticking; adhesive. "Female feet, too weak to struggle with tenacious clay." Cowper.
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5. Niggardly; closefisted; miserly. Ainsworth.
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6. Holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate; stubborn.
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-- Te*na"cious*ly, adv. -- Te*na"cious*ness, n.
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