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 for tenacious
From 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
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     2. Apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory.
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     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.
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     4. Apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous;
        sticking; adhesive. "Female feet, too weak to struggle
        with tenacious clay." --Cowper.
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     5. Niggardly; closefisted; miserly. --Ainsworth.
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     6. Holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate;
        [1913 Webster] -- Te*na"cious*ly, adv. --
        Te*na"cious*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From 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

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