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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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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 persistently

persistent

adj.

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

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