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persistence

or persistency

[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs təns, -ˈzɪs-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of persisting.
2.
the quality of being persistent:
You have persistence, I'll say that for you.
3.
continued existence or occurrence:
the persistence of smallpox.
4.
the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed.
Origin of persistence
1540-1550
1540-50; persist + -ence
Related forms
nonpersistence, noun
nonpersistency, noun
Synonyms
1. See perseverance.
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Examples from the Web for persistency
Historical Examples
  • But, with a persistency that was exasperatingalarmingthe storm continued to expend its fury.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • This persistency had struck the savant, and he asked a mutual friend to introduce him.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Measured by this test of creative power and its persistency, how variable is the duration of human life!

    The Arena Various
  • The judge and the lookers-on were puzzled by this persistency.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Never did I see a finer exhibition of power and persistency, amid constant singing, jokes, and sportive tricks.

  • She had some of her mother's persistency, and was not readily controlled.

    Mr. Kris Kringle S. Weir Mitchell
  • Such unalterable contentment, such hardiness and persistency, are enough to put the stoutest of us to shame.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • Some amusing stories are told of the persistency with which he hunted for orders.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
  • An enmity of peculiar strength and persistency kept the communities asunder from age to age.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • No less remarkable than the persistency of the mores is their changeableness and variation.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for persistency

persistence

/pəˈsɪstəns/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for persistency

persistence

n.

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.

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persistency in Medicine

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

  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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