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persistence

noun
     
per‧sis‧tence [uncountable]
1 determination to do something even though it is difficult or other people oppose it:
Her persistence paid off when she was offered the job of manager.
'Why can't I come?' repeated Will with dogged persistence.
2 when something continues to exist or happen, especially for longer than is usual or desirable
persistence of
the persistence of high unemployment in the post-war years

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