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[in-ses-uh nt] /ɪnˈsɛs ənt/
continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending:
an incessant noise.
Origin of incessant
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English incessaunte < Late Latin incessant-, equivalent to Latin in- in-3 + cessant- (stem of cessāns), present participle of cessāre to stop work; see cease, -ant
Related forms
incessancy, incessantness, noun
incessantly, adverb
unceasing, constant, continuous, never-ending, perpetual; eternal, everlasting; relentless, unrelenting, unremitting.
intermittent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incessant
  • It has become nothing but tiresome, incessant blathering.
  • Instead, he attributed change to internal qualities of individuals that favour them in incessant struggle for existence.
  • incessant beeping changes in tone and pitch for maximum annoyance.
  • Long before human communication evolved into incessant tapping on computer keys, people scratched on eggshells.
  • There are dislocated hips, their sockets burnished smooth by the incessant scraping of bone on bone.
  • Soon she was getting incessant, intimate text messages from him.
  • Piles of post and incessant phone calls came, some offering information, more often wanting her help.
  • The incessant concern for the cost ratio seems not to bother customers.
  • incessant innovation is a characteristic of human beings.
  • What she did change, however, was her response to the incessant demands of the world around her.
British Dictionary definitions for incessant


not ceasing; continual
Derived Forms
incessancy, incessantness, noun
incessantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin incessāns, from Latin in-1 + cessāre to cease
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Word Origin and History for incessant

mid-15c., from Old French incessant (mid-14c.), from Late Latin incessantem (nominative incessans) "unceasing," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + cessantem (nominative cessans), present participle of cessare "cease" (see cease). Related: Incessantly (early 15c.).

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