in·​vet·​er·​a·​cy in-ˈve-t(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce inveteracy (audio)
: the quality or state of being obstinate or persistent : tenacity

Word History


inveterate + -cy

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inveteracy was in 1716

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“Inveteracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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