persistent

adjective
per·​sis·​tent | \ pər-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce persistent (audio) , -ˈzi- \

Essential Meaning of persistent

1 : continuing to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop 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.
2 : continuing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time : not stopping or going away He has been fighting a persistent cold/infection. Flooding has been a persistent problem in the area this year. Persistent rumors that the business is for sale have alarmed the staff.

Full Definition of persistent

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
2a : 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

Other Words from persistent

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Rising inflation remains a concern and will likely be persistent, but will probably moderate through the end of the year, said Rod von Lipsey, managing director at UBS Private Wealth Management. Damian J. Troise And Alex Veiga, chicagotribune.com, 1 Nov. 2021 Doubts about the child murders cases have been persistent through the years largely because authorities closed some cases without bringing charges. al, 20 Oct. 2021 Speculation that Bond could be killed off has been persistent, and wouldn't be entirely out of step with Craig's iconoclastic tenure. Sandy Thin, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 While these neighborhoods have managed to maintain their oasis status, gentrification is persistent. Kaitlyn Mcna, Allure, 24 Aug. 2021 There is an art to following up, a fine line between being persistent and annoying. Allie Gruensfelder, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2021 The man eventually came out of his apartment and was arrested for persistent disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and was taken to the Medina County Jail. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Although federal and state laws have curbed such pollution in recent decades, sewage discharges remain a persistent problem that will likely worsen in the coming years with climate change expected to bring more heavy precipitation to the Northeast. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Joe Biden legally won presidential election, despite persistent contrary claims Thank you for supporting our journalism. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of persistent

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for persistent

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

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“Persistent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persistent. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for persistent

persistent

adjective
per·​sist·​ent | \ pər-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce persistent (audio) \

Kids Definition of persistent

: continuing to act or exist longer than usual a persistent cold

Other Words from persistent

persistently adverb

persistent

adjective
per·​sis·​tent | \ -tənt How to pronounce persistent (audio) \

Medical Definition of persistent

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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