Definition of persistence in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈsistəns/


1Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition: companies must have patience and persistence, but the rewards are there
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  • He did this with good policies, hard work and persistence and in spite of media bias in favour of his New Labour opponent.
  • What might be the factors determining the tenacious persistence of virus transmission?
  • Her persistence was rewarded, however, in 1970 when she won a by-election in West Bromwich.
1.1The continued or prolonged existence of something: the persistence of huge environmental problems
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  • Unfortunately their environmental persistence means that PCBs continue to enter the human food chain.
  • What is more, the validity of the continued confinement depends upon the persistence of such a disorder.
  • Might there be a universal selective benefit that could explain the evolutionary persistence of introns?



Pronunciation: /pərˈsist(ə)nsē/
Example sentences
  • Tenacity and persistency is what I would call their game characteristic, sprinkled with luck, yes.
  • There was a persistency to his nature, a sort of dogged determination that she would have admired if it didn't grate her so.
  • Poor persistency and variable production are challenges.


Mid 16th century: from French persistance, from the verb persister; influenced in spelling by Latin persistent- 'continuing steadfastly'.

Words that rhyme with persistence

assistance, coexistence, consistence, distance, existence, insistence, outdistance, resistance, subsistence

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Syllabification: per·sist·ence

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