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pertinacious

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adjective per·ti·na·cious \ˌpər-tə-ˈnā-shəs\

Definition of pertinacious

  1. 1 a :  adhering resolutely to an opinion, purpose, or design b :  perversely persistent

  2. 2 :  stubbornly tenacious

per·ti·na·cious·ly adverb
per·ti·na·cious·ness noun
per·ti·nac·i·ty play \-ˈna-sə-tē\ noun


Examples of pertinacious

  1. <a pertinacious little boy who was determined to catch and collect reptiles>

  2. <a pertinacious salesman who would simply not take No! for an answer>



Origin of pertinacious

Latin pertinac-, pertinax, from per- thoroughly + tenac-, tenax tenacious, from tenēre


First Known Use: 1626

Synonym Discussion of pertinacious

obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence <an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories>. dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence <pursued the story with dogged perseverance>. stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable <a person too stubborn to admit error>. pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence <a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer>. mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy <a mulish determination to have his own way>.

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