per·​sis·​tence | \ pər-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce persistence (audio) , -ˈzi-\

Definition of persistence

1 : the action or fact of persisting
2 : the quality or state of being persistent especially : perseverance

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Examples of persistence in a Sentence

He admired her dogged persistence in pursuing the job. His persistence in asking for a raise was finally rewarded. She has shown a lot of persistence.
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No free anything, just sheer effort and persistence. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "How Immigration Shaped These Female Founders and CEOs," 23 Aug. 2018 Putin has had every reason to believe that persistence will achieve any objective Russa has the capacity to seek., "Seven John Bolton policy views you should know about," 23 Mar. 2018 Brown may have never joined Maisel, were in not for Brosnahan's persistence (and fandom). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein on the Set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season Three," 18 Apr. 2019 This is just the beginning of a long process that will require persistence and patience to succeed. Christopher R. Hill And Thomas R. Pickering, star-telegram, "What would a successful Trump-Kim summit look like?," 11 June 2018 So tired old jokes will find a home with dull people, which may help explain the nettlesome persistence of Adam Sandler. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Would Your Clone Have the Same Sense of Humor?," 9 Apr. 2019 Reports of rapes of women highlight the persistence of such violence in India despite a public outcry following the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi. Washington Post, "Indian police arrest principal, 5 others in rape of student," 7 July 2018 The refrain: the seething orb of the sun, reflecting the fever back here on earth, and lending a sense of eternity to Jafa’s theme — the eternity of oppression, and the persistence of love and honor in its face. Cate Mcquaid,, "At the ICA, throwing conceptual grenades," 28 June 2018 They are aided by a parade of black scholars and pundits who publish books that focus on the history of slavery, Jim Crow and other past oppressions, and attribute present-day dysfunction among blacks to the persistence of this racist legacy. Robert L. Woodson Sr., WSJ, "Even the Fiercest Social-Justice Warrior Should Learn Mercy," 27 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of persistence

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of persistence

: the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people
: the state of occurring or existing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time


per·​sist·​ence | \ pər-ˈsi-stəns How to pronounce persistence (audio) \

Kids Definition of persistence

1 : the act or fact of stubbornly continuing to do something
2 : the act or fact of continuing to exist longer than usual

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