persistent

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

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

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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 The solution: If anorgasmia is persistent, masturbate. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "Why Can’t I Orgasm? A Neuroscientist Explains," 9 Feb. 2020 The relationship between the two ladies has remained tense, but Jordyn has been persistent in her claims that nothing happened beyond the kiss. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "9 of the Worst Celebrity Breakups of 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 She was described as generous, charming, persistent, brilliant, inquisitive, adventurous, sometimes stubborn, an incredible puzzle doer and a thesaurus’ worth of other attributes. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Charline McCombs remembered," 17 Dec. 2019 That means they are forced to enroll separately at each individual school, which has caused persistent problems completing an associate degree or certification plan. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "DCCCD wants to make college degrees easier for students by uniting campuses," 3 Feb. 2020 In July, a Kyrgyz court upheld the life sentence of award-winning journalist Azimjon Askarov, despite persistent international condemnation. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 3 Feb. 2020 Comely young women are hustled into the office for private meetings, and Jane is charged with parrying the phone calls of the boss’s persistent wife. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The Assistant Looks at the Woman Behind a Bad Man," 31 Jan. 2020 The policing of black hair in American high schools is a persistent issue, and stories like these have come to represent the manifold struggles black youth in America face when trying to do something as simple as getting an education. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "DeAndre Arnold, the Texas Student Who Refused to Cut His Locs to Walk at Graduation, Just Got a $20,000 Scholarship," 30 Jan. 2020 Schiff’s calm but persistent approach served him well as the lead Trump investigator as chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Trump’s impeachment is turning Adam Schiff into Senate material," 25 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of persistent was in 1826

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20 Feb 2020

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“Persistent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persistent?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=persis05. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for persistent

persistent

adjective
How to pronounce persistent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of persistent

: continuing to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop
: continuing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time : not stopping or going away

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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