Definition of persistence in English:



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