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 for persistent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Persistent \Per*sist"ent\, a. [L. persistens, -entis, p. pr. of
     persistere. See Persist.]
     1. Inclined to persist; having staying qualities; tenacious
        of position or purpose.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Biol.) Remaining beyond the period when parts of the same
        kind sometimes fall off or are absorbed; permanent; as,
        persistent teeth or gills; a persistent calyx; -- opposed
        to deciduous, and caducous.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: never-ceasing; "the relentless beat of the drums" [syn:
             persistent, relentless, unrelenting]
      2: continually recurring to the mind; "haunting memories"; "the
         cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting
         beauty"- Claudia Cassidy [syn: haunting, persistent]
      3: retained; not shed; "persistent leaves remain attached past
         maturity"; "the persistent gills of fishes" [syn:
         persistent, lasting] [ant: caducous, shed]
      4: stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour
         determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the
         critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious
         to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion" [syn:
         dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  245 Moby Thesaurus words for "persistent":
     abiding, accordant, adherent, adhesive, age-long, aged, alike,
     ancient, antique, archaic, assiduous, automatic, balanced, beaten,
     booming, bound, bound and determined, bulldogged, bulldoggish,
     bulldoggy, bullheaded, changeless, chronic, clamant, clamorous,
     clingy, committed, consistent, consonant, constant, continual,
     continuing, continuous, correspondent, crying, decided, decisive,
     dedicated, definite, demanding, determined, devoted, diligent,
     diuturnal, dogged, draining, durable, earnest, echoic, echoing,
     enduring, equable, equal, even, evergreen, exacting, exigent,
     exorbitant, extortionate, faithful, fast, firm, fixed, flat,
     frequent, frozen, gluey, glutinous, grasping, growling, gummy,
     habitual, hackneyed, hardy, haunting, homogeneous, immobile,
     immutable, importunate, inalterable, incessant, indefatigable,
     indelible, indomitable, industrious, inflexible, insistent,
     instant, intact, interminable, intransient, invariable, inveterate,
     invincible, inviolate, lasting, level, lingering, long-lasting,
     long-lived, long-standing, long-term, longeval, longevous, loud,
     loyal, macrobiotic, measured, mechanical, methodic, monolithic,
     nagging, never-tiring, obdurate, obsessive, obstinate, of a piece,
     of long duration, of long standing, ordered, orderly, patient,
     patient as Job, perdurable, perduring, perennial, permanent,
     perpetual, perseverant, persevering, persisting, pertinacious,
     plodding, plugging, preoccupied, pressing, purposeful, quiescent,
     rapt, reboant, rebounding, recurrent, recurring, reechoing,
     regular, relentless, remaining, repercussive, repetitive, resolute,
     resolved, resounding, reverberant, reverberating, reverberatory,
     rigid, robotlike, routine, rumbling, sedulous, self-adhesive,
     sempervirent, serious, sincere, single-minded, sleepless, slogging,
     smooth, solid, sounding, stable, static, stationary, staunch,
     staying, steadfast, steady, stereotyped, stickable, sticking,
     sticky, stubborn, sustained, systematic, tacky, taxing, tenacious,
     thundering, tireless, torpid, tough, trite, unabating, unaltered,
     unbroken, unceasing, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging,
     unchecked, unconquerable, undamped, undaunted, undestroyed,
     undeveloped, undeviating, undifferentiated, undiscouraged,
     undiversified, undrooping, undying, unending, unfading, unfailing,
     unfaltering, unflagging, unflinching, unforgettable, uniform,
     unintermitting, uninterrupted, unnodding, unrelaxing, unrelenting,
     unremitting, unruffled, unshakable, unshifting, unsleeping,
     unswerving, untiring, unvaried, unvarying, unwavering, unwearied,
     unwearying, unwinking, urgent, utterly attentive, viscid, vital,
     weariless, well-trodden, well-worn, wholehearted

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  A property of a programming language where
     created objects and variables continue to exist and retain
     their values between runs of the program.
     2.  The length of time a phosphor dot on the screen
     of a cathode ray tube will remain illuminated after it has
     been energised by the electron beam.  Long-persistence
     phosphors reduce flicker, but generate ghost-like images that
     linger on screen for a fraction of a second.

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