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1[mass noun] The fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition:‘Cardiff's persistence was rewarded with a try’
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, staminaintransigence, obstinacysitzfleischstickabilitystick-to-it-ivenesscontinuanceperseverationView synonyms
- ‘To be a poet takes courage, intelligence, commitment, persistence, and miracles.’
- ‘It took months of patience and persistence to make even a little headway with this busy boy.’
- ‘His persistence was rewarded unexpectedly, and in a way that had a great influence on the fortunes of his party as a whole.’
- ‘His persistence was finally rewarded after he moved into real estate, and then city trading.’
- ‘Her persistence was rewarded, however, in 1970 when she won a by-election in West Bromwich.’
- ‘Unlocking the potential of China's market demands more than persistence and determination.’
- ‘With a little patience and persistence, they may even write a history of their own.’
- ‘This strategy requires the same persistence and energy and idealism we have shown before.’
- ‘There are a few strategies that can lead to success, but persistence and patience are key.’
- ‘Their persistence was rewarded with the award of a kickable penalty ten minutes into the game.’
- ‘I was giving up hope of it ever being sorted out, but Ian's patience and persistence has paid off.’
- ‘The programmes need to be executed with patience, persistence, and precision, targeting high risk groups.’
- ‘He did this with good policies, hard work and persistence and in spite of media bias in favour of his New Labour opponent.’
- ‘It has to be backed by clear beliefs and expressed in action with courage, persistence and commitment.’
- ‘Seven minutes later, though, the 10 men were rewarded for a period of dogged persistence.’
- ‘We are delighted that the patience and persistence shown by the project partners over the last seven years has finally paid off.’
- ‘What might be the factors determining the tenacious persistence of virus transmission?’
- ‘It took a lot of persistence and perseverance and a lot of great people around me telling me that I could do it and I could get there.’
- ‘With patience and persistence, it will turn out to be both the right and the smart thing to do.’
- ‘It's all just going to take diligence and persistence and we've got plenty of that.’
- 1.1 The continued or prolonged existence of something:‘the persistence of huge environmental problems’
stability, durability, permanency, fixity, fixedness, changelessness, immutability, endurance, dependability, constancy, continuance, continuity, immortality, indestructibility, perpetuity, endlessnessView synonyms
- ‘Longitudinal studies from childhood to adult years have yielded risk factors for the persistence of childhood asthma.’
- ‘However, parental smoking was not associated with persistence of wheezing or asthma after the onset of puberty.’
- ‘Patients show persistence of symptoms after initial surgery.’
- ‘The excess of illness at follow up is explained by both higher incidence and greater persistence of symptoms.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Early onset of puberty and obesity independently favor the persistence of asthma.’
- ‘Chronicity refers to the relative persistence of symptoms and signs of asthma.’
- ‘Could the genetic benefits of crossing over explain the persistence of active hotspots?’
Mid 16th century: from French persistance, from the verb persister; influenced in spelling by Latin persistent- continuing steadfastly.
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