persistence

[ per-sis-tuh ns, -zis- ]
/ pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs- /

noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for persistence

persistence

persistency

/ (pəˈsɪstəns) /

noun

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
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Medical definitions for persistence

persistence
[ pər-sĭstəns ]

n.

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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