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persistence

[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of persisting.
2.
the quality of being persistent:
You have persistence, I'll say that for you.
3.
continued existence or occurrence:
the persistence of smallpox.
4.
the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed.
Often, persistency.
Origin of persistence
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; persist + -ence
Related forms
nonpersistence, noun
nonpersistency, noun
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  • In this persistence he displayed courage worthy of a better reward.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Presently, however, the sincerity and persistence of the girl won him over.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • This persistence in a phylloxera-ravaged district is quite touching.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Ingres' persistence looked like folly, even madness in his eyes.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Mr. Gordon believed that to shrewdness and persistence all things are possible.

British Dictionary definitions for persistence

persistence

/pəˈsɪstəns/
noun
1.
the quality of persisting; tenacity
2.
the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
3.
the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision
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Word Origin and History for persistence
n.

1540s, from Middle French persistance, from persistant "lasting, enduring, permanent," from Latin persistentem (nominative persistens), present participle of persistere (see persist). Often spelled persistance 16c. Related: Persistency.

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persistence in Medicine

persistence per·sist·ence (pər-sĭs'təns, -zĭs'-)
n.

  1. Continuance of an effect after the cause is removed.

  2. Continuance of a part or an organ, rather than having it disappear in an early stage of development.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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