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persistent

adjective
     
per‧sis‧tent
1 [usually before noun] continuing to exist or happen, especially for longer than is usual or desirable:
persistent rumours
persistent headaches
a persistent problem
persistent rain
2 continuing to do something, although this is difficult, or other people warn you not to do it:
If she hadn't been so persistent she might not have gotten the job.
persistent efforts
Persistent offenders (=people who often break the law) face a prison sentence.
persistently adverb:
persistently low rainfall

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