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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•sist•ent*pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-(adj.)

  1. persisting stubbornly; insistent.

  2. lasting or enduring tenaciously.

  3. constantly repeated.

  4. Biol. continuing or permanent. having continuity of phylogenetic traits.

    Category: Biology

  5. Bot. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers or leaves.

    Category: Botany

* Syn: See stubborn.

Origin of persistent:

1820–30; < LL persistent- (s. of persistēns), prp. of persistere to persist


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. persistent(adjective)ərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-

    done or happening repeatedly, often with negative effects

    his persistent attempts to persuade her

  2. persistentərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-

    continuing for a long time

    a persistent cough


  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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams of persistent

  1. pinsetters, presentist, prettiness

Translations for persistent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


She was persistent in her demands/denials; persistent questions.

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