pertinacious ADJECTIVE formal stubborn; persistent.
DERIVATIVES pertinaciously adverb pertinacity noun.
ORIGIN from Latin pertinax 'holding fast' .

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  • Pertinacity — Per ti*nac i*ty, n. [Cf. F. pertinacit[ e].] The quality or state of being pertinacious; obstinacy; perseverance; persistency. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Syn: See {Obstinacy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pertinacity — index diligence (perseverance), tenacity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pertinacity — c.1500, from M.Fr. pertinacité (early 15c.), from O.Fr. pertinace obstinate, from L. pertinacem (nom. pertinax) very firm, tenacious, from per very + tenax (see TENACIOUS (Cf. tenacious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pertinacity — [pʉrt΄ n as′ə tē] n. [MFr pertinacité] the quality or condition of being pertinacious; stubborn persistence; obstinacy …   English World dictionary

  • pertinacity — noun The state or characteristic of being pertinacious. Again and again, however, and half a dozen other agains, with the inexorable pertinacity of a child intent upon some object important to itself, did he renew his efforts for admittance. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • pertinacity — noun see pertinacious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pertinacity — /perr tn as i tee/, n. the quality of being pertinacious; persistence. [1495 1505; < LL pertinacitas, for L pertinacia stubbornness, perseverance ( > obs. pertinacy), equiv. to pertinaci (s. of pertinax) steadfast, stubborn + tas TY2. See PER ,… …   Universalium

  • pertinacity — Synonyms and related words: application, assiduity, assiduousness, balkiness, bigotry, bulldog courage, bulldog tenacity, bullheadedness, concentration, constancy, demandingness, determination, diligence, dogged perseverance, doggedness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pertinacity — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The quality or state of being stubbornly unyielding: bullheadedness, doggedness, hard headedness, mulishness, obstinacy, obstinateness, pertinaciousness, perverseness, perversity, pigheadedness, tenaciousness, tenacity …   English dictionary for students

  • pertinacity — per·ti nac·i·ty || ‚pÉœrtÉ™ næsÉ™tɪ /‚pɜːtɪ n. stubbornness, obstinacy, tenaciousness …   English contemporary dictionary

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