- steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
- Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
Origin of perseverance
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Examples from the Web for perseverant
I accepted it on the presumption that I had talents, honesty, and propensities to perseverant effort.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This vessel had been whaling in 256the southern seas during five years, without any adequate return for her perseverant exertions.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume III
Karl Ritter von Scherzer
- continued steady belief or efforts, withstanding discouragement or difficulty; persistence
- Christianity persistence in remaining in a state of grace until death
Word Origin and History for perseverant
mid-14c. (implied in perseverantly), from Middle French persévérant (12c.), present participle of persévérer (see persevere).
mid-14c., from Old French perseverance "persistence, endurance" (12c., Modern French persévérance) and directly from Latin perseverantia "steadfastness, constancy," from perseverantem (nominative perseverans), from perseverare (see persevere).