Perseveration definition

pər-sĕvə-rāshən
The tendency of an idea, impression, experience, etc. to persist or recur, or of an individual to continue a particular mental activity without the ability to shift easily to another at a change in stimulus.
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The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.
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Perseveration is defined as the tendency of an idea to stick in your mind or recur, or getting stuck on something mentally and not being able to shift gears.

When an autistic child becomes fixed on counting and keeps counting the same series of numbers over and over, this is an example of perseveration.

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Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
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The act or an instance of persevering; perseverance.
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(psychiatry) The persistent and pathological repetition of a verbal or motor response, often seen in organic brain disease and schizophrenia.
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The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.
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(psychology) Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
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The act or an instance of persevering; perseverance.
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Uncontrollable repetition of a particular response, such as a word, phrase, or gesture, despite the absence or cessation of a stimulus, usually caused by brain injury or other organic disorder.
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(psychology) The tendency to continue or repeat an act or activity after the cessation of the original stimulus.
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The act or an instance of persevering; perseverance.
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Argument by repetition; a mantra.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
perseveration
Plural:
perseverations