Definition of persistant
1. persistent [ a ] never-ceasing
Examples: "the relentless beat of the drums"
(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)
These my grandmother left in their places ( they are still there , more persistent and longer-lived than the generations of man ) and planted others like them , that flourished without careful tending .
(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)
The planter aristocracy has appeared in literature at_least since John_Pendleton_Kennedy published Swallow-Barn in 1832 and in his genial portrait of Frank_Meriwether presiding over his plantation dominion initiated the most persistent tradition of Southern literature .
(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)
The Aristotelian notion of catharsis , the purging of emotion , is a persistent and viable one .
(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)
This behavior on her part subsided only after I had come to see the uncomfortably close similarity between , on_the_one_hand , her arranging the ventilation of the common living_room to her own liking , or turning the television off or on without regard_to the wishes of the others , and on_the_other_hand , my own coming stolidly into her room despite her persistent and vociferous objections , bringing my big easy_chair with me , usually shutting the windows of her room which she preferred to keep in a very cold state , and plunking myself down in my chair - in_short , behaving as if I owned her room .
(Committee for Economic Development, Distressed...)
Some of this trend toward area vocational_schools has been related to the problems of persistent labor surplus areas and their desire to attract new industry .Synonyms persistent relentless unrelenting Related Terms continual
2. persistent [ a ] continually recurring to the mind
Examples: "haunting memories" "the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"- Claudia Cassidy
(The Providence Journal...)
One of the finest soft_shoe tunes ever invented , `` Once_in_Love_with_Amy '' is also , of_course , one of the most tantalizingly persistent of light love_lyrics to come_out of American musical_comedy in our era .Synonyms haunting persistent Related Terms unforgettable
3. persistent [ a ] (biology) retained; not shed
Examples: "persistent leaves remain attached past maturity" "the persistent gills of fishes"
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