Definition of tenacity:
- That quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force; cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; - as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc.
- That quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness; viscosity.
- The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder, -- usually expressed with reference to a unit area of the cross section of the substance, as the number of pounds per square inch, or kilograms per square centimeter, necessary to produce rupture.
- The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose.
pertinaciousness, perseveration, resist, perversity, doggedness, willfulness, pertinacity, perseverance, obstinateness, perverseness, persistence, tenaciousness, continuity, pigheadedness, persistency.
- obstinacy (part of speech: noun)
resolution (part of speech: noun)
- tenacity (part of speech: noun)
- perseverance (part of speech: noun)
Probably it would never have happened at all had not young Grant, having hit on a scheme, clung to it with a tenacity that might better have been devoted to saving his soul, and had he not said to the Nurse, who was at that moment shaking a thermometer: " Come on- be a sport!- "Love Stories", Mary Roberts Rinehart.
I think it must be obvious to every one that, whether we consider the internal or the external interests of society, it is desirable they should be in the hands of those who are endowed with the largest share of energy, of industry, of intellectual capacity, of tenacity of purpose, while they are not devoid of sympathetic humanity; and, in so far as the struggle for the means of enjoyment tends to place such men in possession of wealth and influence, it is a process which tends to the good of society.- "Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley", Thomas Henry Huxley.
- "Autobiography of a YOGI", Paramhansa Yogananda.