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PERSISTENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does persistent mean? 

PERSISTENT (adjective)
  The adjective PERSISTENT has 3 senses:

1. never-ceasing
2. continually recurring to the mind
3. retained; not shed

  Familiarity information: PERSISTENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERSISTENT (adjective)


Sense 1persistent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Never-ceasing

Synonyms:

persistent; relentless; unrelenting

Context example:

the relentless beat of the drums

Similar:

continual (seemingly without interruption; chiefly restricted to what recurs regularly or frequently in a prolonged and closely spaced series)


Sense 2persistent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continually recurring to the mind

Synonyms:

haunting; persistent

Context examples:

haunting memories / the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty

Similar:

unforgettable (impossible to forget)


Sense 3persistent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Retained; not shed

Synonyms:

lasting; persistent

Context examples:

persistent leaves remain attached past maturity / the persistent gills of fishes

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Antonym:

caducous (shed at an early stage of development)


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