how to pronounce tenacity


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tenacity is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of tenacity in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and drive and the tenacity to take on …”

meanings of tenacity


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

tenacity frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tenacity occurs in english on average 1.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tenacity can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tenacity can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

words that rhyme with tenacity


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