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1. good at remembering;
- Example: "a retentive mind"
- Example: "tenacious memory"
[syn: retentive, recollective, long, tenacious]

2. stubbornly unyielding;
- Example: "dogged persistence"
- Example: "dour determination"
- Example: "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"
- Example: "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot
- Example: "men tenacious of opinion"
[syn: dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding]

3. sticking together;
- Example: "two coherent sheets"
- Example: "tenacious burrs"
[syn: coherent, tenacious]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tenacious \Te*na"cious\, a. [L. tenax, -acis, from tenere to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Tenace.] 1. Holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just rights. [1913 Webster] 2. Apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory. [1913 Webster] 3. Having parts apt to adhere to each other; cohesive; tough; as, steel is a tenacious metal; tar is more tenacious than oil. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 4. Apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous; sticking; adhesive. "Female feet, too weak to struggle with tenacious clay." --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 5. Niggardly; closefisted; miserly. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster] 6. Holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate; stubborn. [1913 Webster] -- Te*na"cious*ly, adv. -- Te*na"cious*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

tenacious adj 1: good at remembering; "a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory" [syn: retentive, recollective, long, tenacious] [ant: forgetful, short, unretentive] 2: stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion" [syn: dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding] 3: sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs" [syn: coherent, tenacious]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

222 Moby Thesaurus words for "tenacious": adamant, adherent, adhesive, amylaceous, assiduous, balking, balky, bigoted, bound, bound and determined, bulldogged, bulldoggish, bulldoggy, bulletheaded, bullheaded, cartilaginous, case-hardened, chewy, clabbered, clammy, clinging, clingy, clotted, coagulated, cohesive, committed, constant, continuing, coriaceous, curdled, decided, decisive, dedicated, definite, determined, devoted, diligent, dogged, dogmatic, doughy, durable, earnest, enduring, faithful, fanatic, fibrous, firm, fixed, game, gamy, gaumy, gelatinous, glairy, gluelike, gluey, glutenous, glutinose, glutinous, good, gooey, grasping, gripping, gristly, gritty, grumous, gumbo, gumbolike, gumlike, gummous, gummy, gutsy, gutty, hard, hardheaded, hardy, headstrong, heavy, holding, immovable, immutable, inalterable, indefatigable, indomitable, industrious, inflexible, insistent, inspissated, intolerant, intransigent, invincible, jelled, jellied, jellylike, keeping, lasting, leatherlike, leathery, loyal, maintaining, mettlesome, mucilaginous, mulish, nervy, never-tiring, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, overzealous, pasty, patient, patient as Job, permanent, perseverant, persevering, persistent, persisting, pertinacious, pigheaded, plodding, plucky, plugging, preoccupied, purposeful, rapt, red-blooded, refractory, relentless, resistant, resolute, resolved, restive, retaining, retentive, rigid, ropy, secure, sedulous, self-adhesive, self-willed, serious, set, sincere, sinewy, single-minded, slabby, sleepless, slimy, slithery, slogging, spirited, spiritful, spunky, stable, stalwart, starchy, staunch, steadfast, steady, stickable, sticky, stiff, stiff-necked, stodgy, stout, stringy, strong, strong-minded, strong-willed, strongheaded, stubborn, sturdy, sulky, sullen, syrupy, tacky, thick, thickened, tight, tireless, tough, tough as leather, tremelloid, tremellose, true, unabating, uncompromising, unconquerable, uncooperative, undaunted, undiscouraged, undrooping, unfailing, unfaltering, unflagging, unflinching, unintermitting, uninterrupted, unnodding, unregenerate, unrelaxing, unrelenting, unremitting, unshakable, unshakeable, unshaken, unsleeping, unswerving, untiring, unwavering, unwearied, unwearying, unwinking, unyielding, utterly attentive, vigorous, viscid, viscose, viscous, weariless, wholehearted, willful, wiry