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persistent

adjective     /pəˈsɪs.tənt/ US  /pɚ-/
lasting for a long time or difficult to get rid of: a persistent smell/skin rash Symptoms of the illness include a high temperature and a persistent dry cough. There have been persistent rumours that the managing director might take early retirement.Continuous and permanent C2 Someone who is persistent continues doing something or tries to do something in a determined but often unreasonable way: Be persistent - don't give up. He has been a persistent critic of the president. She is a persistent offender and has been arrested five times this year for shoplifting.Strong-willed persistently     /-li/ adverb They have persistently ignored our advice.Continually and repeatedly
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