What does persistent mean?

Definitions for persistentpərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word persistent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. persistent, relentless, unrelenting(adj)


    "the relentless beat of the drums"

  2. haunting, persistent(adj)

    continually recurring to the mind

    "haunting memories"; "the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"- Claudia Cassidy

  3. persistent, lasting(adj)

    retained; not shed

    "persistent leaves remain attached past maturity"; "the persistent gills of fishes"

  4. dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding(adj)

    stubbornly unyielding

    "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"


  1. persistent(Adjective)

    Obstinately refusing to give up or let go.

    She has had a persistent cough for weeks.

  2. persistent(Adjective)

    Insistently repetitive.

    There was a persistent knocking on the door.

  3. persistent(Adjective)

    Indefinitely continuous.

    There have been persistent rumours for years.

  4. persistent(Adjective)

    Lasting past maturity without falling off.

    Pine cones have persistent scales.

  5. persistent(Adjective)

    About some data or data structures: existing after the execution of the program. Remaining in existence past the lifetime of the program that creates it.

  6. persistent(Adjective)

    Describing a fractal process that has a positive Brown function

  7. persistent(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Persistent(adj)

    inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose

  2. Persistent(adj)

    remaining beyond the period when parts of the same kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; as, persistent teeth or gills; a persistent calyx; -- opposed to deciduous, and caducous

  3. Origin: [L. persistens, -entis, p. pr. of persistere. See Persist.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'persistent' in Adjectives Frequency: #881

Anagrams for persistent »

  1. pinsetters, presentist, prettiness


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of persistent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of persistent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeff Flake:

    They still have time to pass that bill, there's still clearly a persistent, urgent need to do that.

  2. Ron Eddie:

    The number one reason people are leaving is the persistent pressure to 'BankofAmericanize' Merrill brokers.

  3. M Scott Peck:

    Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.

  4. Greg Carbin:

    We're in a persistent pattern that suppresses severe weather, and the right ingredients -- moisture, instability and lift -- (have yet to come together).

  5. Olivier Blanchard:

    We expect the decrease in price to be quite persistent, we expect some return, some increase, but surely not an increase back to levels where we were, say, six months ago.

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Translations for persistent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ständig, hartnäckig, ausdauernd, anhaltend, beharrlichGerman
  • επίμονοςGreek
  • persistenteSpanish
  • sitkeäFinnish
  • tenace, persistantFrench
  • leanailteach, leanmhainneachScottish Gaelic
  • נשנה, עקשן, מתמידHebrew
  • kitartóHungarian
  • いつまでも続く, 長引く, しつこい, 固執, 持続性, 不屈, 執拗, 頑固Japanese
  • به‌رده‌وام بوونKurdish
  • niwaniwa, pakepake, ngana, aumouMāori
  • hardnekkig, volhardendDutch
  • ciągły, bezustanny, trwały, uporczywy, nieustannyPolish
  • persistentePortuguese
  • постоянный, настойчивый, упорный, стойкий, неотступный, устойчивыйRussian
  • ȕpōran, у̏по̄ранSerbo-Croatian
  • beständigSwedish
  • 一贯Chinese

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