Persistence is the ability to stick with something. If you practice the violin for over a year in order to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" perfectly, that's persistence!

Persistence can also mean something that lasts for a very long time. The persistence of bullying, despite years of efforts by the school, has frustrated many parents. Bed bugs are known for their persistence. Despite near eradication in the 1950s, they are back and harder to eliminate than ever.

Definitions of persistence

n the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior

perseverance, perseveration
Type of:
continuance, continuation
the act of continuing an activity without interruption

n persistent determination

doggedness, perseverance, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity
Type of:
determination, purpose
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

n the property of a continuous and connected period of time

Type of:
durability, enduringness, lastingness, strength
permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force

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