inveteracy

noun
in·​vet·​er·​a·​cy | \ in-ˈve-t(ə-)rə-sē How to pronounce inveteracy (audio) \

Definition of inveteracy

: the quality or state of being obstinate or persistent : tenacity

First Known Use of inveteracy

1716, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inveteracy

inveterate + -cy

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“Inveteracy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inveteracy. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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