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persistence (n.)

1540s, "steady or firm adherence to or continuance in a state, course of action, or pursuit that has been entered upon, especially if more or less obstinate," from Middle French persistance, from persistant "lasting, enduring, permanent," from Latin persistentem (nominative persistens), present participle of persistere (see persist). In 16c. often spelled persistance, but the classical spelling prevailed. Meaning "continuance of an effect after the cause which gave rise to it is removed" is from 1862. Related: Persistency.

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Definitions of persistence from WordNet

persistence (n.)
the property of a continuous and connected period of time;
Synonyms: continuity
persistence (n.)
persistent determination;
Synonyms: doggedness / perseverance / persistency / tenacity / tenaciousness / pertinacity
persistence (n.)
the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior;
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