[per-sis-tuhns, -zis-]
the act or fact of persisting.
the quality of being persistent: You have persistence, I'll say that for you.
continued existence or occurrence: the persistence of smallpox.
the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed.
Also, persistency.

1540–50; persist + -ence

nonpersistence, noun
nonpersistency, noun

1. See perseverance. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
persistence or persistency (pəˈsɪstəns)
1.  the quality of persisting; tenacity
2.  the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
3.  the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision
persistency or persistency

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from Fr. persistance, from L. persistentem (see persist). Often spelled persistance 16c.
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Medical Dictionary

persistence per·sist·ence (pər-sĭs'təns, -zĭs'-)

  1. Continuance of an effect after the cause is removed.

  2. Continuance of a part or an organ, rather than having it disappear in an early stage of development.

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Computing Dictionary

persistence definition

1. A property of a programming language where created objects and variables continue to exist and retain their values between runs of the program.
2. The length of time a phosphor dot on the screen of a cathode ray tube will remain illuminated after it has been energised by the electron beam. Long-persistence phosphors reduce flicker, but generate ghost-like images that linger on screen for a fraction of a second.

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Example sentences
It takes tactics, persistence, and gradual learining and thats that.
But his persistence seems to have won them over.
Indeed, the persistence of ink on paper is a sort of miracle.
Champions of new inventions display persistence and courage of heroic quality.
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