[ 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 per·sist·en·cy.

Origin of persistence

First recorded in 1540–50; persist + -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM persistence

non·per·sist·ence, nounnon·per·sist·en·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for persistence



/ (pəˈsɪstəns) /


the quality of persisting; tenacity
the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stoppedpersistence of vision
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for persistence

[ pər-sĭstəns ]


Continuance of an effect after the cause is removed.
Continuance of a part or organ, rather than having it disappear in an early stage of development.
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