Definition of Persistent

1. Adjective. Never-ceasing. "The relentless beat of the drums"

Exact synonyms: Relentless, Unrelenting
Similar to: Continual
Derivative terms: Persist, Persistence, Persistency, Relentlessness

2. Adjective. Continually recurring to the mind. "The cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"
Exact synonyms: Haunting
Similar to: Unforgettable

3. Adjective. Retained; not shed. "The persistent gills of fishes"
Exact synonyms: Lasting
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Derivative terms: Lastingness, Persist, Persist
Antonyms: Caducous

4. Adjective. Stubbornly unyielding. "Men tenacious of opinion"

Definition of Persistent

1. a. Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious of position or purpose.

Definition of Persistent

1. Adjective. Obstinately refusing to give up or let go. ¹

2. Adjective. Insistently repetitive. ¹

3. Adjective. Indefinitely continuous. ¹

4. Adjective. (botany) Lasting past maturity without falling off. ¹

5. Adjective. (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. ¹

6. Adjective. (mathematics) Describing a fractal process that has a positive Brown function ¹

7. Adjective. (mathematics stochastic processes of a state) non-transient. ¹

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Definition of Persistent

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Persistent

1. Continuing to exist in spite of interference or treatment, tending to recur. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Persistent

persimmon tree
persist in
persistence hunting
persistent (current term)
persistent atrioventricular canal
persistent chronic hepatitis
persistent ectopic pregnancy
persistent foetal circulation syndrome
persistent generalised lymphadenopathy
persistent mullerian duct syndrome
persistent tremor
persistent vegetative state

Literary usage of Persistent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"In a sense implying continuation in time: continual, continued, persistent, sustained, enduring; spec, permanent, abiding, perpetual, eternal, unremitting, ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"persistent PUPILLARY MEMBRANE. BY CHARLES S. TURNBULL, MD [Exhibited February 23, 1887. ... The patient has in his right eye what is known as a " persistent ..."

3. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1921)
"We have also dwelt upon the importance of differentiating these cases with hypertension according to the various causes that are responsible for persistent ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"persistent patency of the ductus arteriosus has been the topic of several extensive articles, but in reviewing the literature in connection with the study ..."

5. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"Sepals (persistent) and petals imbricated in the bud, ... Mostly perennial herbs ; with alternate leaves, foliaceous persistent stipules, and 1-flowered ..."

6. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"She was active and persistent in claiming the right to her mother's pension, ... The evidence fully shows that she was persistent in caring for property and ..."

7. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1912)
"... follow the prolonged use of nitroglycerin ; and calcium lactate may be tried, in doses of 15 grains (1 gm.) thrice daily. IV. persistent HEREDITARY ..."

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