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Synonyms of 'persistent'

(adjective) 
Definition
unrelenting
flooding caused by persistent rain
Synonyms
continuous
Residents reported that they heard continuous gunfire.
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constant
The frontier was a constant source of conflict.
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relentless
The pressure now was relentless.
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repeated
Repeated absence from school is problem behavior.
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endless
I am tired of your endless complaints.
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perpetual
her perpetual complaints
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continual
She suffered continual police harassment.
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never-ending
a never-ending round of bombings, shootings and sectarian murder
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interminable
an interminable meeting
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unrelenting
an unrelenting downpour of rain
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incessant
Incessant rain made conditions almost intolerable.
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unremitting
boarding school, where I spent six years of unremitting misery
thanks to his unremitting efforts
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
showing persistence
He phoned again this morning – he's very persistent.
Synonyms
determined
He is making a determined effort to regain lost ground.
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dogged
through sheer dogged determination
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steady
the steady beat of the drums
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enduring
Their chance meeting was the start of an enduring friendship.
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stubborn
He is a stubborn character used to getting his own way.
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persevering
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resolute
a decisive and resolute international leader
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tireless
He was a tireless worker for justice.
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tenacious
He is regarded as a persistent and tenacious interviewer.
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steadfast
He remained steadfast in his belief that he had done the right thing.
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obstinate
He is obstinate and determined and will not give up.
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indefatigable
His indefatigable spirit helped him to cope with the illness.
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immovable
On one issue, however, she was immovable.
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assiduous
an assiduous student
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obdurate
The administration have been obdurate defenders of the status quo.
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unflagging
He was sustained by the unflagging support of his family.
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Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of assiduous
Definition
hard-working
an assiduous student
Synonyms
hard-working,
persevering,
swotty (British, informal),
unwearied
in the sense of constant
Definition
continuous
The frontier was a constant source of conflict.
in the sense of continual
Definition
recurring frequently
She suffered continual police harassment.
Synonyms

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