[per-sis-tuh nt, -zis-]
- 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.
Origin of persistent
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1. indefatigable, pertinacious, tenacious. See stubborn. 3. steady.
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Examples from the Web for persistently
This stirring moment arrives in a chapter that spotlights the highs and lows of a persistently uneven book.The Twisted History of the Noose
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Did you continue the search so persistently without any certainty of the greave being still in existence?Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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Hemmed in by college debt and a persistently weak economy, almost 40 percent of the unemployed are between 20 and 34.Are Millennials Turning Their Backs on the American Dream?
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And the persistently high price of gas is pushing more Americans of all ages to use public transportation.Farewell to the Gas Station: The Demise of a Car-Culture Icon
May 5, 2013
They know they must present their arguments clearly, passionately, and persistently.Suddenly, Washington Works
December 22, 2010
The old man has 'persistently concealed his real nature' from Betty.The Incomplete Amorist
One cannot always be original and sparkling, and it is wiser not to try too persistently.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
A bell rang in the house, loudly, persistently, tearing its silence.A Spirit in Prison
But the voice continued to haunt him persistently, besiegingly, despotically.The Manxman
In and out of every day persistently, desperately, endlessly we seek.The Prodigal Returns
- 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
- (of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adultpersistent gills in axolotls
- 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
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Word Origin and History for persistently
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