Define: Tenacity

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Definition: Tenacity

Quick Summary of Tenacity

Persistent determination. Someone who exhibits tenacity may be hard to change from a certain point of view, and will not give up easily.

What is the dictionary definition of Tenacity?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The quality or state of being tenacious; as retentiveness of memory, or persistency of purpose; tenaciousness.
  2. The quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force, as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc.; the effect of attraction, cohesiveness.
  3. The quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness, viscosity.
  4. 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 centimetre, necessary to produce rupture.


Examples of Tenacity in a sentence

The board of directors objected to the proposal, but with his customary tenacity, the CEO insisted on implementing the new system.
The employees of that company are all stakeholders, which helps explains their tenacity and drive even when the economic forecast is gloomy.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Tenacity are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February 2020.