noun \ˌpər-sə-ˈvir-ən(t)s\

: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult

Full Definition of PERSEVERANCE

:  continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition :  the action or condition or an instance of persevering :  steadfastness


  1. His perseverance was rewarded: after many rejections, he finally found a job.
  2. Perseverance is required to perfect just about any skill.
  3. The great international collectors and curators, once celebrated for their perceptiveness and perseverance, are now regularly deplored as traffickers in, or receivers of, stolen goods. —Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Review of Books, 9 Feb. 2006


(see persevere)
First Known Use: 14th century


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