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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Persuading those who are hesitant to go ahead and roll up their sleeves will require persistence and patience. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 The digestive tract is the main site outside the respiratory system for SARS-CoV-2 persistence and periodic viral shedding, researchers in China showed in 2020. Jason Gale, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2022 Patience combined with persistence and determination is a far more valuable combination than the latter two alone. Expert Panel, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The cybersecurity sector can be a particularly good fit for neurodiverse candidates, who might have traits such as hyperfocus, precision, persistence and the ability to identify patterns, according to researchers and executives. George Etheredge For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2022 Here are examples of how persistence and small changes make a difference. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Mar. 2022 The Ohio State football program has targeted the state of Florida hard with 44 offers for the next two classes, and that persistence could be paying off big for the Buckeyes in 2023. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 But Collins’s persistence, even in the face of distrust and disrespect, felt like a lesson—not about medicine or science, but about listening to and engaging with people who, for one reason or another, remain unconvinced. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 7 Apr. 2022 In all, the discussion in the minutes showed growing nervousness about the pace and persistence of price increases. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of persistence

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Persistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for persistence


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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