- to repeat something insistently or redundantly: to perseverate in reminding children of their responsibilities.
Origin of perseverate
First recorded in 1910–15; back formation from perseveration
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Word Origin and History for perseverative
1915, in psychology, a back-formation from perseveration. Related: Perseverating; perseverative.
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