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persistence

[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-]
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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.
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Often per·sist·en·cy.

Origin of persistence

First recorded in 1540–50; persist + -ence
Related formsnon·per·sist·ence, nounnon·per·sist·en·cy, noun

Synonyms for persistence

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1. See perseverance.
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Related Words for persistence

stamina, perseverance, endurance, grit, tenacity, constancy, resolution, doggedness, pluck, indefatigability

Examples from the Web for persistence

Contemporary Examples of persistence

Historical Examples of persistence

  • 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

persistency

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 stoppedpersistence 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

persistence in Medicine

persistence

(pər-sĭstəns)
n.
  1. Continuance of an effect after the cause is removed.
  2. Continuance of a part or organ, rather than having it disappear in an early stage of development.
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