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Pronunciation:  `pursu'veeruns

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  1. [n]  the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior; "his perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate"
  2. [n]  persistent determination

PERSEVERANCE is a 12 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: doggedness, perseveration, persistence, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity
 See Also: continuance, continuation, determination, purpose



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per`se*ver"ance\, n. [F. pers['e]v['e]rance, L.
1. The act of persevering; persistence in anything
   undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any
   business, or enterprise begun. ``The king-becoming graces
   . . . perseverance, mercy, lowliness.'' --Shak.

         Whose constant perseverance overcame Whate'er his
         cruel malice could invent.            --Milton.

2. Discrimination. [Obs.] --Sir J. Harrington.

3. (Theol.) Continuance in a state of grace until it is
   succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final
   perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See

Syn: Persistence; steadfastness; constancy; steadiness;

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