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persistent

[per-sis-tuh nt, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-/
adjective
1.
persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering:
a most annoyingly persistent young man.
2.
lasting or enduring tenaciously:
the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough.
3.
constantly repeated; continued:
persistent noise.
4.
Biology.
  1. continuing or permanent.
  2. having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics.
5.
Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.
Origin of persistent
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin persistent- (stem of persistēns), present participle of persistere to persist; see -ent
Related forms
persistently, adverb
nonpersistent, adjective
nonpersistently, adverb
Synonyms
1. indefatigable, pertinacious, tenacious. See stubborn. 3. steady.
Antonyms
3. sporadic.
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  • We were left to our own unaided resources and our own persistent agitation.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • Was our darling right or wrong in that persistent auf wiedersehen of his?

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • I suppose that such exist: though I doubt if any persistent exponent of the art is likely to exist long.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Hermione knew something of the persistent infidelities of Neapolitan men.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It lay in the muscles of her side, above her hip, and it grew to be a treacherous thing, for it was not persistent.

British Dictionary definitions for persistent

persistent

/pəˈsɪstənt/
adjective
1.
showing persistence
2.
incessantly repeated; unrelenting: your persistent questioning
3.
(of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of withering: a fruit surrounded by a persistent perianth
4.
(zoology)
  1. (of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adult: persistent gills in axolotls
  2. continuing to grow or develop after the normal period of growth: persistent teeth
5.
(of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable
Derived Forms
persistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for persistent
adj.

1723, from persistence or from Latin persistentem (nominative persistens), present participle of persistere (see persist). Related: Persistently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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persistent in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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