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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But her true target is the persistence of social iniquity both in the Philippines and among Filipinos in America. New York Times, "A Debut Novel Traces the Filipino Experience in the United States," 2 May 2018 That changes, and radically, as his travels with Pete progress, yet the wonder—as well as the point—of this memorable portrayal is the persistence of Charley’s innocence through it all. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Lean On Pete’ Review: A Boy, a Horse, a Bond," 12 Apr. 2018 There’s Mitchell, who woos Diane with a serene sort of persistence, taking her on romantic trips in his two-seater prop plane and encouraging her to leave the grasp of her overprotective family. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Book Club Is a Delightful, White Wine–Drenched Romp," 16 May 2018 Civic activism requires some new skills and a lot of persistence. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Tips to help Charlotte teens move from school safety protests to politics | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 This is not to mention the persistence of what C.P. Snow once called the Two Cultures, which still keeps the arts and the natural sciences at a tense, suspicious distance. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 But the persistence of an age gap does deserve further study. Yonat Shimron, Houston Chronicle, "Younger adults are less religious, and not only in the U.S.," 16 June 2018 At the same time, the persistence of so many problems, particularly the wealth and housing gap, suggests that some of these root problems haven’t been addressed. Sean Illing, Vox, "What a 1963 RFK-James Baldwin meeting teaches us about race in Trump’s America," 8 June 2018 His persistence to just keep going and making the music happen at 91 is a real inspiration. Howard Reich,, "Chicago guitar legend George Freeman's career accelerating at 91," 12 Apr. 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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