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Etymology of the English word tenacious

the English word tenacious
using the English suffix -ous
derived from the Latin suffix -osus
derived from the Latin word tenax (holding fast, clinging; tenacious; restraining)
derived from the Medieval Latin word tenere (hold, keep; comprehend; represent; support)
derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *ten-
derived from the English word tenacity


The earliest known usage of tenacious in English dates from the 16th century.


Word found in Modern English

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