American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Refusing to give up or let go; persevering obstinately.
- adj. Insistently repetitive or continuous: a persistent ringing of the telephone.
- adj. Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time; enduring: persistent rumors; a persistent infection.
- adj. Botany Lasting past maturity without falling off, as the calyx on an eggplant or the scales of a pine cone.
- adj. Zoology Retained permanently, rather than disappearing in an early stage of development: the persistent gills of fishes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Persisting or continuing in spite of opposition, warning, remonstrance, etc.; refusing to cease or give up some action, course, or pursuit; perservering: as, a persistent beggar; persistent attempts to do something.
- That endures; enduring.
- Specifically— In botany, continuing without withering: opposed to caducous, deciduous, or marcescent: as, a persistent calyx (one remaining after the corolla has withered).
- In zoology, perennial; holding to morphological character, or continuing in functional activity; not degenerate, deciduous, or caducous, as a part or an organ: as, persistent types of structure; the persistent horns of cattle or gills of newts.
- Repeated; continual.
- adj. Obstinately refusing to give up or let go.
- adj. Insistently repetitive.
- adj. Indefinitely continuous.
- adj. botany Lasting past maturity without falling off.
- adj. computing 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.
- adj. mathematics Describing a fractal process that has a positive Brown function
- adj. mathematics non-transient.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose.
- adj. (Biol.) Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; ; -- opposed to
deciduous, and caducous.
- adj. retained; not shed
- adj. never-ceasing
- adj. stubbornly unyielding
- adj. continually recurring to the mind
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“Ms. Massie called the city's 10-year time frame "laughable" because it is too slow to fix what she described as a persistent public-health threat.”
“Williams' wife and family will also appear to discuss what they call his persistent drinking and a Monday disturbance at a Los Angeles hotel where police briefly detained Williams and his daughter after a heated argument.”
“In a speech yesterday, Alito voiced frustration over what he called persistent questions about the court's Roman Catholic majority saying that the issue has been settled long ago, thanks to the constitution's guarantee of religious freedom.”
“North Korea vowing this morning to bolster its nuclear arsenal, responding to what it calls persistent hostile policy from Washington.”
“Well, North Korea vowing this morning to bolster its nuclear arsenal responding to what it calls persistent hostile policy from Washington.”
“They insist, and despite some strong opinions from other doctors that she's in what they call persistent vegetative state, they believe she is very, very much alive.”
“We've all heard analysis on the other side that says their only reflexive responses, that really she's been in what they call a persistent vegetative state for many, many years.”
“Government investigators found what they call persistent and severe security deficiencies around the National Mall, an area patrolled by the U.S.”
“The report - for the 1998/99 financial year - highlights what it calls persistent weaknesses in government accounts, including poor internal controls, insufficient record-keeping and a lack of adequate internal audit functions.”
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