persistent

adjective

per·​sis·​tent pər-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce persistent (audio)
-ˈzi-
1
: existing for a long or longer than usual time or continuously: such as
a
: retained beyond the usual period
a persistent leaf
b
: continuing without change in function or structure
persistent gills
c
: effective in the open for an appreciable time usually through slow volatilizing
mustard gas is persistent
d
: degraded only slowly by the environment
persistent pesticides
e
: remaining infectious for a relatively long time in a vector after an initial period of incubation
persistent viruses
2
a
: continuing or inclined to persist in a course
b
: continuing to exist despite interference or treatment
a persistent cough
has been in a persistent vegetative state for two years
persistently adverb

Examples of persistent in a Sentence

Contrary to persistent myth, Hoover was an activist. Steve Forbes, Forbes, 30 June 2008
The high-water mark of such truckling might be the publication of the Cato Institute report "America's Record Trade Deficit: A Symbol of Strength." Freedom had become slavery; persistent deficits had become economic power. Eric Janszen, Harper's, February 2008
The silence started from your end just about the time you said good-bye to dear St. Elizabeth and it has been constant and persistent ever since. Archibald Macleish, letter, 11 July 1959
We were nagged by a persistent salesman. He is one of the government's most persistent critics. She has been persistent in pursuing the job. He has been fighting a persistent cold. Flooding has been a persistent problem in the area this year. Persistent rumors that the business is for sale have alarmed the staff.
Recent Examples on the Web Concern about Biden’s fitness for another four years has been persistent. Lisa Mascaro, Twin Cities, 6 July 2024 Yet many of these problems have been exacerbated, or caused, by persistent short-termism in British politics and an unwillingness to grip problems that are evident. Emma Norris, TIME, 5 July 2024 Analysts say the result is difficult to predict, but the persistent low turnout is believed to hurt Iran’s reformist candidates more than the country’s conservatives. Susannah George, Washington Post, 5 July 2024 The persistent muggy pattern is expected into the weekend, with heat indices in the 102-107 range, but more heat advisories may be needed, the NWS stated. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for persistent 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin persistent-, persistens, present participle of persistere — see persist

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of persistent was in 1826

Dictionary Entries Near persistent

Cite this Entry

“Persistent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persistent. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

persistent

adjective
per·​sis·​tent pər-ˈsis-tənt How to pronounce persistent (audio)
-ˈzis-
1
: continuing, existing, or acting for a long or longer than usual time
a persistent cold
persistent gills
2
: stubbornly determined
persistently adverb

Medical Definition

persistent

adjective
per·​sis·​tent -tənt How to pronounce persistent (audio)
1
: existing or continuing for a long time: as
a
: effective in the open for an appreciable time usually through slow volatilizing
mustard gas is persistent
b
: degraded only slowly by the environment
persistent pesticides
c
: remaining infectious for a relatively long time in a vector after an initial period of incubation
persistent viruses
2
: continuing to exist despite interference or treatment
a persistent cough
has been in a persistent vegetative state for two years

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