[ per-sev-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ pərˌsɛv əˈreɪ ʃən /


the act or process of perseverating.
Psychiatry. the pathological, persistent repetition of a word, gesture, or act, often associated with brain damage or schizophrenia.

Origin of perseveration

1605–15 in sense “perseverance”; persevere + -ation, or < Latin perseverātiōn-, stem of persevērātiō Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perseveration


/ (pɜːˌsɛvəˈreɪʃən) /

noun psychol

the tendency for an impression, idea, or feeling to dissipate only slowly and to recur during subsequent experiences
an inability to change one's method of working when transferred from one task to another

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Medicine definitions for perseveration


[ pər-sĕv′ə-rāshən ]


Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.

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