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persistent

[ per-sis-tuhnt, -zis- ]
/ pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs- /
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Definition of persistent

adjective
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.
Biology.
  1. continuing or permanent.
  2. having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics.
Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.
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Origin of persistent

First recorded in 1820–30; from Latin persistent- (stem of persistēns), present participle of persistere “to stand firm, persist”; see persist, -ent

synonym study for persistent

1. See stubborn.

OTHER WORDS FROM persistent

per·sist·ent·ly, adverbnon·per·sist·ent, adjectivenon·per·sist·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use persistent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for persistent

persistent
/ (pəˈsɪstənt) /

adjective
showing persistence
incessantly repeated; unrelentingyour persistent questioning
(of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of witheringa fruit surrounded by a persistent perianth
zoology
  1. (of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adultpersistent gills in axolotls
  2. continuing to grow or develop after the normal period of growthpersistent teeth
(of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable

Derived forms of persistent

persistently, adverb
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