tenacious

Use tenacious to mean "not easily letting go or giving up," like a clingy child who has a tenacious grip on his mother's hand.

A strong grip or an unyielding advocate might both be described as tenacious, a word whose synonyms include resolute, firm, and persistent. The word comes from the Latin root tenax, which means "holding fast." The basketball commentator Marv Albert, impressed by a defender's skill, once uttered the sound bite, "That's some tenacious D!" ("D" is short for "defense.") The musicians Jack Black and Kyle Gass borrowed the phrase for the name of their comedy-rock band, Tenacious D.

DEFINITIONS OF: tenacious

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adj stubbornly unyielding

“"a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot”
“men tenacious of opinion”
Synonyms:
dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, unyielding
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

adj sticking together

tenacious burrs”
Synonyms:
coherent
adhesive
tending to adhere

adj good at remembering

tenacious memory”
Synonyms:
long, recollective, retentive
aware, mindful
bearing in mind; attentive to
Antonyms:
forgetful, short, unretentive
(of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
forgetful, mindless, unmindful
not mindful or attentive
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