persistent

[ per-sis-tuhnt, -zis- ]
/ pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs- /
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adjective

persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: a most annoyingly persistent young man.
lasting or enduring tenaciously: the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough.
constantly repeated; continued: persistent noise.
Biology.
  1. continuing or permanent.
  2. having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics.
Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.

Nearby words

  1. persis,
  2. persist,
  3. persistence,
  4. persistence of memory, the,
  5. persistence of vision,
  6. persistent anterior hyperplastic primary vitreous body,
  7. persistent chronic hepatitis,
  8. persistent cruelty,
  9. persistent organic pollutant,
  10. persistent posterior hyperplastic primary vitreous body

Origin of persistent

1820–30; < Latin persistent- (stem of persistēns), present participle of persistere to persist; see -ent

SYNONYMS FOR persistent
ANTONYMS FOR persistent

Related formsper·sist·ent·ly, adverbnon·per·sist·ent, adjectivenon·per·sist·ent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for nonpersistent

nonpersistent

/ (ˌnɒnpəˈsɪstənt) /

adjective

(of pesticides) breaking down rapidly after application; not persisting in the environment

persistent

/ (pəˈsɪstənt) /

adjective

showing persistence
incessantly repeated; unrelentingyour persistent questioning
(of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of witheringa fruit surrounded by a persistent perianth
zoology
  1. (of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adultpersistent gills in axolotls
  2. continuing to grow or develop after the normal period of growthpersistent teeth
(of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable
Derived Formspersistently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for nonpersistent

persistent

adj.

1723, from persistence or from Latin persistentem (nominative persistens), present participle of persistere (see persist). Related: Persistently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nonpersistent

nonpersistent

[ nŏn′pər-sĭstənt ]

adj.

Having a short life or existence under natural conditions.

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