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.
continuing or permanent.
having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics.
Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.
- per·sist·ent·ly, adverb
- non·per·sist·ent, adjective
- non·per·sist·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use persistent in a sentence
Instead, those vendors are afforded more persistent cookies that aren’t capped by ITP to a week.Apple’s latest anti-tracking changes present fresh headache for publishers | Lara O'Reilly | September 21, 2020 | Digiday
Italy has huge problems with a no-growth economy, persistent corruption and intractable political infighting.As investors pull back, this Big Tech darling is flirting with bear territory | Bernhard Warner | September 18, 2020 | Fortune
The observations hint that the most successful males might be the ones that worked the hardest and remained persistent.Flamboyant cuttlefish save their bright patterns for flirting, fighting and fleeing | Helen Thompson | September 1, 2020 | Science News
While no one can say for sure that intact virus isn’t hiding in a cell somewhere in this person’s body, the finding suggests that some people’s immune systems can get the upper hand, essentially eliminating the pernicious and persistent virus.In a first, a person’s immune system fought HIV — and won | Tina Hesman Saey | August 26, 2020 | Science News
There have been persistent reports of troop build-ups right along the 3,500 kilometre frontier with China.China And India’s Deadly Himalayan Clash Is A Big Test For Modi. And A Big Concern For The World | LGBTQ-Editor | June 19, 2020 | No Straight News
The North Korean hackers have proven to be a persistent adversary, if not the most skilled one.
One of the most persistent myths in American politics is the media-fueled concept of the lame duck.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth | John Avlon | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, throughout their relationship, there were persistent rumors that Brown was also still seeing Rihanna.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy | Marlow Stern | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
persistent rumors that Darren Wilson will not be indicted for putting six bullet holes in teenager Michael Brown.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films | Marlow Stern | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One possible answer was that the animal integrated fragments of the virus into its genes as a result of persistent infection.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It. | Michael Daly | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As a rule, however, persistent glycosuria is diagnostic of diabetes mellitus, of which disease it is the essential symptom.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
persistent glycosuria has been noted in brain injuries involving the floor of the fourth ventricle.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The courage and persistent hard work of the settlers and the leadership of Captain John Smith were invaluable.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
She ran lightly down the stairs, pausing at the foot, as if ashamed of her persistent curiosity.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
By persistent personal effort and the use of some political influence, he secured an appointment as Indian agent.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for persistent
incessantly repeated; unrelenting: your persistent questioning
(of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of withering: a fruit surrounded by a persistent perianth
(of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adult: persistent gills in axolotls
continuing to grow or develop after the normal period of growth: persistent teeth
(of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable
- persistently, adverb
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