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  • 1Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

    ‘companies must have patience and persistence, but the rewards are there’
    • ‘He did this with good policies, hard work and persistence and in spite of media bias in favour of his New Labour opponent.’
    • ‘What might be the factors determining the tenacious persistence of virus transmission?’
    • ‘Her persistence was rewarded, however, in 1970 when she won a by-election in West Bromwich.’
    • ‘There are a few strategies that can lead to success, but persistence and patience are key.’
    • ‘We are delighted that the patience and persistence shown by the project partners over the last seven years has finally paid off.’
    • ‘With patience and persistence, it will turn out to be both the right and the smart thing to do.’
    • ‘Seven minutes later, though, the 10 men were rewarded for a period of dogged persistence.’
    • ‘Their persistence was rewarded with the award of a kickable penalty ten minutes into the game.’
    • ‘His persistence was rewarded unexpectedly, and in a way that had a great influence on the fortunes of his party as a whole.’
    • ‘His persistence was finally rewarded after he moved into real estate, and then city trading.’
    • ‘I was giving up hope of it ever being sorted out, but Ian's patience and persistence has paid off.’
    • ‘The programmes need to be executed with patience, persistence, and precision, targeting high risk groups.’
    • ‘With a little patience and persistence, they may even write a history of their own.’
    • ‘It took months of patience and persistence to make even a little headway with this busy boy.’
    • ‘It took a lot of persistence and perseverance and a lot of great people around me telling me that I could do it and I could get there.’
    • ‘Unlocking the potential of China's market demands more than persistence and determination.’
    • ‘This strategy requires the same persistence and energy and idealism we have shown before.’
    • ‘To be a poet takes courage, intelligence, commitment, persistence, and miracles.’
    • ‘It's all just going to take diligence and persistence and we've got plenty of that.’
    • ‘It has to be backed by clear beliefs and expressed in action with courage, persistence and commitment.’
    perseverance, tenacity, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, staying power, purposefulness, firmness of purpose, patience, endurance, application, diligence, sedulousness, dedication, commitment, doggedness, persistency, pertinacity, assiduity, assiduousness, steadfastness, tirelessness, indefatigability, stamina
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    1. 1.1The continued or prolonged existence of something.
      ‘the persistence of huge environmental problems’
      • ‘Unfortunately their environmental persistence means that PCBs continue to enter the human food chain.’
      • ‘What is more, the validity of the continued confinement depends upon the persistence of such a disorder.’
      • ‘Might there be a universal selective benefit that could explain the evolutionary persistence of introns?’
      • ‘Patients show persistence of symptoms after initial surgery.’
      • ‘The excess of illness at follow up is explained by both higher incidence and greater persistence of symptoms.’
      • ‘Could the genetic benefits of crossing over explain the persistence of active hotspots?’
      • ‘Chronicity refers to the relative persistence of symptoms and signs of asthma.’
      • ‘Early onset of puberty and obesity independently favor the persistence of asthma.’
      • ‘Longitudinal studies from childhood to adult years have yielded risk factors for the persistence of childhood asthma.’
      • ‘However, parental smoking was not associated with persistence of wheezing or asthma after the onset of puberty.’
      stability, durability, persistence, permanency, fixity, fixedness, changelessness, immutability, endurance, dependability, constancy, continuance, continuity, immortality, indestructibility, perpetuity, endlessness
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/pərˈsistəns/ /pərˈsɪstəns/


Mid 16th century from French persistance, from the verb persister; influenced in spelling by Latin persistent- ‘continuing steadfastly’.