pertinacity

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From Middle French pertinacité, from Old French pertinace (obstinate, stubborn).

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pertinacity (usually uncountable, plural pertinacities)

  1. The state or characteristic of being pertinacious.
    • 1846, E.A.Poe, The Black Cat
      With my aversion to this cat, however, its partiality for myself seemed to increase. It followed my footsteps with a pertinacity which it would be difficult to make the reader comprehend.
    • 1851, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables, ch. 19:
      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.

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