Dictionary

perseveration

noun per·sev·er·a·tion \pər-ˌse-və-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of PERSEVERATION

:  continuation of something (as repetition of a word) usually to an exceptional degree or beyond a desired point
per·sev·er·ate \-ˈse-və-ˌrāt\ intransitive verb
per·sev·er·a·tive \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
ADVERTISEMENT

Origin of PERSEVERATION

Latin perseveration-, perseveratio, from perseverare
First Known Use: 1910
Medical Dictionary

perseveration

noun per·sev·er·a·tion \pər-ˌsev-ə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of PERSEVERATION

:  continual involuntary repetition of a mental act usually exhibited by speech or by some other form of overt behavior

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: perseverePrevious Word in the Dictionary: perseverantAll Words Near: perseveration
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears