AskDefine | Define perseverance

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1 persistent determination [syn: doggedness, persistence, persistency, tenacity, tenaciousness, pertinacity]
2 the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior; "his perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate" [syn: persistence, perseveration]

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  1. Continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure
  2. persistent determination to adhere to a plan of direction; insistence
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      It had taken nine years from the evening that Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.

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persistent determination to adhere to a course of action; insistence

Extensive Definition

Perseverance is a term for human endurance and autonomy which may refer to:

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