Adjective "persistent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Continuing firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
  1. 'an attempt to stop persistent drink-drivers'
  2. 'My persistent opposition has become a thorn in the side of the trade union leaders, because it has exposed their shameless collaboration with management.'
  3. 'Yet, of course, Andrew was persistent and followed her in her wake.'
  4. 'I think my most persistent critic is a certain Straussian who nonetheless often circulates to others particular posts of mine that he considers particularly good.'
  5. 'The Philosopher Igal Kvart has been a persistent critic of the claim that it is possible to analyze counterfactuals without using causation.'
  6. 'They were very persistent and were very difficult to suppress.'
  7. 'Be patient and persistent in achieving your purpose.'
  8. 'A judge has told a persistent drink-driver to pass a medical examination before he can drive again.'
  9. 'But a persistent critic could argue that this showed how skillfully the participant, the caller, and the hidden accomplice had devised the deception.'
  10. 'Assertiveness emphasizes self-confidence and a persistent determination to express oneself or one's opinions.'
  11. 'An attendance officer has been employed to work alongside the LEA's welfare service in tackling persistent truancy.'
Continuing to exist or occur over a prolonged period.
  1. 'persistent reports of human rights abuses by the military'
  2. 'Management of recurrent or persistent pain can be extremely difficult.'
  3. 'But massive traffic hold-ups and persistent heavy rain led to visitors complaining about muddy pathways and uneven road surfaces.'
  4. 'The persistent rain caused major floods on Monday, with the three districts of Larantuka, Lohayong and Posto - all in East Flores - being submerged.'
  5. 'Most interesting of all, the super-exclusive card came into being as a result of the persistent rumor that it existed.'
  6. 'Patients who have trigger points often report regional, persistent pain that usually results in a decreased range of motion of the muscle in question.'
  7. 'During that time there had been persistent rain and frost.'
  8. 'Around 20 percent of primary care patients report having persistent pain.'
  9. 'It is defined as persistent or recurrent abdominal pain or abdominal discomfort centered in the upper abdomen.'
  10. 'Now the small towns seem sleepy, subject to the slower economy and the persistent rain, but then… I don't know.'
  11. 'Constant and persistent rain is taking its toll on the city's infrastructure.'
  12. 'It is persistent in the environment and has the potential to accumulate in organisms such as shellfish and humans.'
  13. 'But trying to avoid hazardous chemicals that are persistent and ubiquitous in the environment is not really an answer either.'
  14. 'The seal assures the product was created without toxic and persistent chemicals, in accordance with strict organic standards.'
  15. 'Dioxin is persistent in the environment and in the human body, whereas the herbicides are not.'
  16. 'Bans on many of the persistent, bioaccumulative chemicals have resulted in clear decreases in levels of these chemicals in countries where we have time-trend data.'
  17. 'Many of these chemicals are persistent and fat soluble and they tend, therefore, to accumulate in animal tissue.'
  18. 'Reducing the amount of fatty foods eaten prior to pregnancy is also a good bet, as that lessens exposure to persistent chemicals like PCBs and dioxin.'
  19. 'Dioxins are a group of persistent and very toxic chemicals that are the by-products of PVC production.'
  20. 'If some antibiotics prove persistent in the environment, they could gradually accumulate in soils.'
  21. 'The book forecast a time when DDT and other persistent pesticides used at that time could produce a spring where there were no birds left to sing.'
(of a part of an animal or plant, such as a horn, leaf, etc.) remaining attached instead of falling off in the normal manner.
  1. 'Coley found that leaf toughness was the most important factor determining leaf palatability for herbivores on persistent and pioneer trees of the tropical rain forest in Panama.'
  2. 'Notice the short stout, unbranched stems, armored with persistent leaf bases.'


1. persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: a most annoyingly persistent young man.

2. lasting or enduring tenaciously: the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough.

3. constantly repeated; continued: persistent noise.

4. Biology. continuing or permanent. having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics.

5. Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be persistent in things."

"pressures can be persistent in quarters."

"oils can be persistent at heatings."

"winds can be persistent of places."

"vowels can be persistent in lists."

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