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[per-sis-tuh nt, -zis-] /pərˈsɪs tənt, -ˈzɪs-/

persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering:
a most annoyingly persistent young man.
lasting or enduring tenaciously:
the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough.
constantly repeated; continued:
persistent noise.

Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.
showing persistence
incessantly repeated; unrelenting: your persistent questioning
(of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of withering: a fruit surrounded by a persistent perianth

(of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable

1723, from persistence or from Latin persistentem (nominative persistens), present participle of persistere (see persist). Related: Persistently.


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