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persistentadjective

uk   /pəˈsɪs.tənt/ us   /pɚˈsɪs.tənt/
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 principal might take early retirement.
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.
persistently
adverb uk   /pəˈsɪs.tənt.li/ us   /pɚˈsɪs.tənt.li/
They have persistently ignored our advice.
(Definition of persistent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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persistentadjective

us   /pərˈsɪs·tənt, -ˈzɪs-/
continuing to exist past the usual time, or continuing to do something in a determined way even when facing difficulties or opposition: a persistent cough persistent rumors
persistently
adverb us   /pərˈsɪs·tənt·li, -ˈzɪs-/
The rains persistently fell.
(Definition of persistent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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