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Back-formation from perseveration.

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perseverate ‎(third-person singular simple present perseverates, present participle perseverating, simple past and past participle perseverated)

  1. (instransitive, chiefly psychology) To persist in doing something; to continue to repeat an action after the original stimulus has ended.
    • 2013, A Scott Berg, Wilson, Berkley 2014, p. 84:
      After perseverating for several more months, Woodrow Wilson accepted the offer.
  2. (transitive, psychology) To cause the perseveration of (a given reflex or response).

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