- to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition, remonstrance, etc.: to persist in working for world peace; to persist in unpopular political activities.
- to last or endure tenaciously: The legend of King Arthur has persisted for nearly fifteen centuries.
- to be insistent in a statement, request, question, etc.
Origin of persist
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1, 2. See continue.
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Examples from the Web for persistive
Fortitude, that "persistive constancy" that to Shakespeare was the greatest quality of human wills.
- (often foll by in) to continue steadfastly or obstinately despite opposition or difficulty
- to continue to exist or occur without interruptionthe rain persisted throughout the night
C16: from Latin persistere, from per- (intensive) + sistere to stand steadfast, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for persistive
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