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Willfulness vs Tenacity - What's the difference?

willfulness | tenacity |

As nouns the difference between willfulness and tenacity

is that willfulness is the quality of being willful; obstinacy while tenacity is the quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose.

willfulness

English

Noun

(-)
  • The quality of being willful; obstinacy
  • tenacity

    English

    Noun

    (tenacities)
  • The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose.
  • * 2009 , , PHD Comics: Softball: younger and faster
  • — Our opponents may be younger, faster and less out of shape than we are, but we have something they’ll never have!
    — Tenure?
    Tenacity!
  • The quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force; cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; – as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc.
  • The quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness; viscosity.
  • 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.
  • Synonyms

    * (state of being tenacious) retentiveness, persistency * (quality keeping bodies together) cohesiveness * (quality making bodies adhere) adhesiveness, viscosity

    Antonyms

    * (quality keeping bodies together) brittleness, fragility, mobility