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[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-/
the act or fact of persisting.
the quality of being persistent:
You have persistence, I'll say that for you.
continued existence or occurrence:
the persistence of smallpox.
the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed.
Often, persistency.
Origin of persistence
First recorded in 1540-50; persist + -ence
Related forms
nonpersistence, noun
nonpersistency, noun Unabridged
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  • But, with a persistency that was exasperatingalarmingthe storm continued to expend its fury.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • No less remarkable than the persistency of the mores is their changeableness and variation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Measured by this test of creative power and its persistency, how variable is the duration of human life!

    The Arena Various
  • Emily told her tale, and told it in a manner which left no doubt of her persistency.

  • Never did I see a finer exhibition of power and persistency, amid constant singing, jokes, and sportive tricks.

  • The persistency of this passion had irritated him like a problem.

  • Such unalterable contentment, such hardiness and persistency, are enough to put the stoutest of us to shame.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • This persistency had struck the savant, and he asked a mutual friend to introduce him.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • An enmity of peculiar strength and persistency kept the communities asunder from age to age.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • The judge and the lookers-on were puzzled by this persistency.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for persistency


the quality of persisting; tenacity
the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision
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Word Origin and History for persistency



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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persistency in Medicine

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

  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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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