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tenacious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of tenacious

  1. 1 continuing despite difficulties, opposition, or discouragement a tenacious trainer, she adheres to her grueling swimming schedule no matter what Synonyms of tenacious dogged, insistent, patient, persevering, pertinacious, persistentWords Related to tenacious assured, certain, dedicated, determined, firm, hell-bent, intent, positive, resolute, resolved, single-minded, sure; adamant, bullheaded, dogged, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, implacable, indurate, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, self-willed, stiff-necked, stubborn, unregenerate, unyielding, willful (or wilful); unfaltering, unhesitating, unwavering; resistant, wayward, wrongheaded; constant, devoted, faithful, good, loyal, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, steady, true; indomitable, unconquerable; hard, inflexible, relentless, stern, unbending, unflinching, unrelentingNear Antonyms of tenacious quitting, surrendering, yielding; faltering, hesitant, hesitating, irresolute, vacillating, wavering; disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, traitorous, treacherous

  2. 2 tending to adhere to objects upon contact you'll have a devil of a time getting those tenacious burrs off of your wool sweater Synonyms of tenacious adherent, adhesive, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, sticky, viscidWords Related to tenacious gelatinous, gooey, ropy (also ropey), syrupy, viscous; pitchy, tarryNear Antonyms of tenacious nonviscousAntonyms of tenacious nonadhesive

Synonym Discussion of tenacious

strong, stout, sturdy, stalwart, tough, tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources.
    • strong arms
    • the defense has a strong case
stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way.
    • stout hiking boots
sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction.
    • a sturdy table
    • people of sturdy independence
stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability.
    • stalwart environmentalists
tough implies great firmness and resiliency.
    • a tough political opponent
tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together.
    • tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life


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