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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.
  • n. Christianity The Calvinistic doctrine that those who have been chosen by God will continue in a state of grace to the end and will finally be saved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure.
  • n. Persistent determination to adhere to a plan of direction; insistence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun.
  • n. Discrimination.
  • n. Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See Calvinism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or habit of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business or enterprise begun; steady persistency in any state or course of action: applied alike to good and evil.
  • n. In theology, continuance in a state of grace, leading finally to a state of glory: sometimes called final perseverance. See perseverance of the saints, below.
  • n. See perceiverance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. persistent determination
  • n. the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior

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