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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Per·se·ver·ance n.
 1. The act of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun. “The king-becoming graces . . . perseverance, mercy, lowliness.”
 Whose constant perseverance overcame
 Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.   --Milton.
 2. Discrimination. [Obs.]
 3. Theol. Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See Calvinism.
 Syn: -- Persistence; steadfastness; constancy; steadiness; pertinacity.