Definition of persistence in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈsɪst(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
1The fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition: Cardiff’s persistence was rewarded with a try
More example sentences
  • 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.
perseverance, tenacity, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, staying power, purposefulness, firmness of purpose, patience, endurance, application, diligence, sedulousness, dedication, commitment, doggedness, persistency, pertinacity, assiduity, assiduousness, steadfastness, tirelessness, indefatigability, stamina;
intransigence, obstinacy;
German Sitzfleisch
informal stickability
North American informal stick-to-it-iveness
archaic continuance
rare perseveration
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: /pəˈsɪst(ə)nsi/
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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