per·​sis·​tence pər-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce persistence (audio)
: the action or fact of persisting
: the quality or state of being persistent
especially : perseverance

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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Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of persistence was in 1546

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“Persistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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per·​sis·​tence pər-ˈsis-tən(t)s How to pronounce persistence (audio)
: the act or fact of persisting
: the quality of being persistent

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