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Definition of persistent
1continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition:one of the government’s most persistent critics 2continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period:persistent rain will affect many areas persistent reports of human rights abuses by the military (of a chemical or radioactivity) remaining within the environment for a long time after its introduction:PCBs are persistent environmental contaminants 3 Botany
& Zoology (of a part of an animal or plant, such as a horn, leaf, etc.) remaining attached instead of falling off in the normal manner.
The ending of persistent
is spelled -ent