[dih-zist, -sist]
verb (used without object)
to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.

1425–75; late Middle English < Old French desister < Latin dēsistere to leave off, equivalent to dē- de- + sistere to stand, place, akin to stāre to stand

desistance, desistence, noun
nondesistance, noun
nondesistence, noun
nondesisting, adjective, noun
undesisting, adjective Unabridged
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desist (dɪˈzɪst)
vb (often foll by from)
to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
[C15: from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt]

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Word Origin & History

1459, from M.Fr. desister (1358), from L. desistere, from de- "off" + sistere "stop, come to a stand" (see assist).
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Idioms & Phrases


see cease and desist.

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Example sentences
Establishes strong oversight board with cease and desist authority c.
So cease and desist or the next voice you will hear will be that of my attorney.
But such regimes need to believe that they can desist and still be safe.
The tribunals can only levy small fines and give an order to desist.
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