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[en-doo r-uh ns, -dyoo r-] /ɛnˈdʊər əns, -ˈdyʊər-/
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina:
He has amazing physical endurance.
lasting quality; duration:
His friendships have little endurance.
something endured, as a hardship; trial.
Origin of endurance
1485-95; endure + -ance
1. See patience. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for endurance
  • Her white blood was strong in her and she had grit and endurance and a vital courage.
  • Flagpole sitting was simply endurance, its only prerequisite an endless capacity for standing there.
  • Test his physical endurance through hardship and privation, his will to live through isolation.
  • Running long distances gives me the power of endurance.
  • All bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
  • Life is an endurance race.
  • It is an event full of incredible human achievement and endurance.
  • It is my opinion that nothing seasons the mind for endurance like hard work.
  • I'm an endurance athlete.
  • Mountain climbing meets all the requirements for spellbinding adventure with its danger and its threats to endurance and survival.
British Dictionary definitions for endurance


the capacity, state, or an instance of enduring
something endured; a hardship, strain, or privation
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Word Origin and History for endurance

late 15c., "continued existence in time;" see endure + -ance. Meaning "ability to endure suffering, etc." is from 1660s.

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