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intr.v. per·sev·er·at·ed, per·sev·er·at·ing, per·sev·er·ates Psychology
To manifest or experience perseveration.

[Back-formation from perseveration.]

per·sev′er·a′tive adj.


vb (intr)
(Psychology) psychol to reiterate to excess or when original impetus no longer applies


(pərˈsɛv əˌreɪt)

v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to repeat a word, gesture, or act insistently or redundantly.
[1910; back formation from perseveration < German Perseverationtendenz]
per•sev`er•a′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.perseverate - psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus; "The subjects in this study perseverated"
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell - to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
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They can, in fact, follow a plan, provided they perseverate on it with the exclusion of all else.
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Children can accurately switch from sorting coins by their size to sorting coins by their value once they develop the ability to perseverate.
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I loved getting comments from Joe because he was so thorough and so perceptive, although, to be completely honest, he could occasionally be annoying, especially when he would perseverate about matters of disagreement.
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