per·​sis·​tence | \ pər-ˈsi-stən(t)s , -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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Bloomberg has launched a new podcast, The Pay Check, which will look at the reasons behind gender pay disparity and its persistence, as well as the human toll of getting paid less for the same work. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Matt Lauer, Rose McGowan, Visa: Broadsheet May 10," 10 May 2018 The persistence of memristors There is a series of partly overlapping memory storage technologies that are based on changes in electrical resistance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 But the persistence of violence is the fault of a weak state, and especially of inadequate policing, prosecution and courts. The Economist, "Mexico’s murder rate heads for a new record," 5 May 2018 Indeed, the persistence of the check may be less about our allegiance to the slip of paper than our uneasiness about what would replace it. David Scharfenberg,, "Paper checks forever?," 21 Apr. 2018 With a mixture of charm and persistence, Mas Canosa often extracted commitments from the uninitiated to join the fight against Castro. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 McGraw knew that whatever happened on the field— teamwork, communication, patience, and persistence—could impact the community as a whole. Amy Bass,, "How a High School Soccer Team United a Racially Divided Town," 23 Feb. 2018 The second surprise is the persistence of life here, both human and wild. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The challenge involved in completing the joke — from the creativity needed to plan out hundreds of tweets that make sense, to the sheer persistence needed to see it through — is what sets this trend apart from other memes or viral fads. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Bohemian Rhapsody and the long-running tradition of hiding jokes in tweets," 1 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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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