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  • perseverate — (v.) 1915, in psychology, a back formation from PERSEVERATION (Cf. perseveration). Related: Perseverating; perseverative …   Etymology dictionary

  • perseverate — [pər sev′ər āt΄] vi. perseverated, perseverating [< L perseveratus, pp. of perseverare, to PERSEVERE] to experience or display perseveration …   English World dictionary

  • perseverate — perseverative, adj. /peuhr sev euh rayt /, v.i., perseverated, perseverating. to repeat something insistently or redundantly: to perseverate in reminding children of their responsibilities. [1910 15; back formation from PERSEVERATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • perseverate — intransitive verb see perseveration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • perseverate — verb /pɜː(ɹ)ˈsɛvə(ɹ̩)eɪt,pɚˈsevəˌreːɪt/ a) describing the behavior, generally displayed by those with various developmental disabilities, of extraordinary, exclusive and lasting obsession to a detail or occurrence others consider minor. b) to… …   Wiktionary

  • perseverate — per·sev·er·ate pər sev ə .rāt vi, at·ed; at·ing to manifest the phenomenon of perseveration <the perseverating tendency in stutterers in sensorimotor tasks (Quarterly Jour. of Speech)> …   Medical dictionary

  • perseverate — per·sev·er·ate || pÉ™r sevÉ™reɪt /pÉ™ s v. continue to perform the same action over and over again (associated with a psychological disorder); persevere …   English contemporary dictionary

  • perseverate — [pə sɛvəreɪt] verb Psychology repeat or prolong an action, thought, or utterance after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased. Derivatives perseveration noun Origin early 20th cent.: from L. perseverat strictly abided by , from perseverare (see …   English new terms dictionary

  • perseverate — per•sev•er•ate [[t]pərˈsɛv əˌreɪt[/t]] v. i. at•ed, at•ing psi to repeat a word, gesture, or act insistently or redundantly • Etymology: 1910; back formation from perseveration < GPerseverationtendenz per•sev er•a′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • perseverate — /pəˈsɛvəreɪt/ (say puh sevuhrayt) verb (i) (perseverated, perseverating) Psychology to continue with a response after its stimulus is no longer present. {backformation from perseveration} …   Australian English dictionary

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