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[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-/
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.
Origin of persistence
1540-50; persist + -ence
Related forms
nonpersistence, noun
nonpersistency, noun
1. See perseverance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for persistence
  • 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.
  • Readers with the persistence to finish will learn a great deal.
  • I'd like to be at high altitudes, looking down, with persistence of vision.
  • As a dog pursues its tail; with brute persistence.
  • People did not immediately recognize his talent, but they did notice his persistence.
  • Absolute notions include the persistence of environment regardless of context.
  • The experiments required persistence.
British Dictionary definitions for persistence


the quality of persisting; tenacity
the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for persistence

1540s, from Middle French persistance, from persistant "lasting, enduring, permanent," from Latin persistentem (nominative persistens), present participle of persistere (see persist). Often spelled persistance 16c. Related: Persistency.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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persistence in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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persistence in Technology

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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