persistence

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web The Scarlet Knights were at that point enduring a stretch of just four points in 8 minutes, testament to Indiana’s defensive persistence despite the offensive ugliness. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU basketball stays tough but still can't shoot," 16 Jan. 2020 Gardner’s persistence in supporting President Donald Trump even while conceding that Russians interfered in the 2016 election is the driving force behind Goldfischer’s decision to run for the seat, the professor said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver professor joins Democrats vying for Cory Gardner’s Senate seat," 10 Dec. 2019 The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite the city’s action has made gun control advocates fearful that the court’s conservative majority could use the case to call into question gun restrictions across the country. BostonGlobe.com, "The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite the city’s action has made gun control advocates fearful that the court’s conservative majority could use the case to call into question gun restrictions across the country.," 1 Dec. 2019 The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite the city’s action has made gun control advocates fearful that the court’s conservative majority could use the case to call into question gun restrictions across the country. oregonlive, "Supreme Court to take up New York gun case, though disputed law has changed," 1 Dec. 2019 The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite the city’s action has made gun control advocates fearful that the court’s conservative majority could use the case to call into question gun restrictions across the country. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court will take up gun rights on Monday, though the law challenged in the case has already changed," 1 Dec. 2019 But there’s something to be said for persistence, and for not quitting even though the pendulum swings. Kat Bein, Billboard, "See Which 2019 Hits Made DJ Earworm's Year-End Mash-Up," 13 Dec. 2019 But there’s something to be said for persistence, and for not quitting even though the pendulum swings. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Viral Mashup Master DJ Earworm on the Past, Present and the Silly, Experimental Future of Pop," 12 Dec. 2019 Scientists now, however, understand the chemicals' persistence, and the compounds have been linked to health problems including cancer, thyroid and liver disorders, and more. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "State, townships near $69.5M settlement with Wolverine shoe maker over PFAS contamination," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of persistence

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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21 Jan 2020

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“Persistence.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persistence. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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persistence

noun
How to pronounce persistence (audio)

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

persistence

noun
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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