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- (informal) persistence; determination.
- Synonym: stick-at-itiveness
- 1871, The Indiana School Journal:
- There is no success like "sticktoitiveness."
- 1892, Gleanings in Bee Culture, volume 20:
- Although this costs us a good deal more, we charge no more for it, and are satisfied with the "sticktoitiveness" of our subscribers.
- 1898, "Duty of the Farmer" by E. E. Rodgers, from Indiana Board of Agriculture annual report, Issue 47
- Yes, but, says one, it is muscle and everlasting grit and sticktoitiveness that makes the farm go. The sticktoitiveness is all right but an abnormal muscle is not altogether necessary.
- 1899, "The Planting and Culture of an Apple Orchard" by R.A. Jones from the proceedings of the annual convention of the Northwest Fruit Growers Association
- To be in the successful 10 per cent, as above referred to, requires an abundance of sticktoitiveness, energy, thought, industry, and watchfulness. Now, in which class do you propose to be?
- 1905, Ad sense: devoted to the interests of buyers of advertising, volume 18:
- There is probably nothing more essential to permanent business success than sticktoitiveness, or it might be expressed in the word continuity. It requires time to fit oneself for service.
- 1921, National Electric Light Association, Convention, volume 1:
- And let me tell you that the greatest test of sticktoitiveness that has ever yet been devised is the application of a correspondence course.
- 1990, David King Dunaway, How can I keep from singing: Pete Seeger, page 305:
- Perhaps he oversimplified his life when he wrote: "All you need to be a modern johnny Appleseed is a guitar and some sticktoitiveness,"
- 2011, Melvin Pennant, “Colour-coded justice system?”, in The Gleaner, Jamaica:
- But before we give kudos to the media for their stick-to-itiveness in this case, let us examine some minor details that might just prove my theory that political association seems to grant special favours.