Definition of persistence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈsɪstəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsɪstəns//
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  1. 1the fact of continuing to try to do something despite difficulties, especially when other people are against you and think that you are being annoying or unreasonable His persistence was finally rewarded when the insurance company agreed to pay for the damage. It was her sheer persistence that wore them down in the end.
  2. 2the state of continuing to exist for a long period of time the persistence of unemployment in the 1970s and 1980s
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French persistance, from the verb persister; influenced in spelling by Latin persistent- ‘continuing steadfastly’.Extra examples He achieved success through dogged persistence. My persistence in demanding my rights finally paid off. a challenge that requires persistence and skill
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: persistence