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

  • n. Psychology Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
  • n. Psychology The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.
  • n. The act or an instance of persevering; perseverance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
  • n. The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.
  • n. The act or an instance of persevering; perseverance.
  • n. Argument by repetition; a mantra.

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

  • n. the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior
  • n. the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it

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  • “And though perseverance can be an admirable trait and is essential for all success in life, when taken too far it becomes perseveration — uncontrollable repetition — or simple perversity.�?

    The New York Times, Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop, by Natalie Angier, August 17, 2009

    August 21, 2009