Does the word pertinacity have positive or negative connotations?

  • Hi Mary, please try to use more descriptive question titles in the future. This is in your own interest — people simply won't click on vague titles such as "Language usage- connotations of words - synonyms" or "Usage: grammar or style". Cheers.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jul 11, 2011 at 9:49
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    It's rare to see this word in normal English, so I'm not sure this question has a sensible answer. Could you give us some more details?
    – user1579
    Jul 11, 2011 at 10:46

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Yes. It could mean both "resolute, firm in purpose", or it could mean "stubborn, unyielding".

It depends on the context, to determine what it really means.


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    'Yes' (?) ... Jul 11, 2011 at 9:18
  • @Mr. Disappointment: it appears to have positive or negative connotations depending on circumstance, so "Yes" is clearly the right answer :-)
    – user1579
    Jul 11, 2011 at 10:43
  • Oh, clearly. @Rhodri. Jul 11, 2011 at 10:47
  • @mr. I don't know if I love or hate your comment. But surely yes. Jul 11, 2011 at 14:10

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