(Latin: to continue steadfastly, to persist)
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
A motto of fortitude and steadfastness.
2. The determined continuation with something; usually over a long period; especially, despite difficulties or setbacks: Perseverance usually indicates that something has been continued in spite of it not being easy to accomplish; in fact, perseverance is required to accomplish just about any skill.
Perseverance may be used in either a favorable or an unfavorable sense, and implies unremitting and sometimes annoying persistence; for example, talking when others want to study.3. Etymology: from Latin perseverantia, "steadfastness, constancy".
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Motto on the seal of the State of Virginia, USA.
A motto of perseverance and steadfastness.
2. To strive steadily and be resolved and to maintain one's efforts; usually, over a long period and despite problems or difficulties: Glenda persevered in her university studies and graduated at the top of her class.
3. Etymology: from Old French perseverer, from Latin perseverare, "to continue steadfastly, to persist"; from persevereus, "very strict, earnest", from per-, "thoroughly" + severus, "strict".