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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 incessantly
  • It flashes incessantly, transforming a living room into a night club.
  • If you plan the handouts well, you can avoid having audience members flipping incessantly while you talk.
  • Everywhere, the ideal of working incessantly is touted as the model for dedication and productivity.
  • He also took some time off from incessantly talking about it.
  • We soon gave up trying to swat away the insects that buzzed incessantly around our sweaty faces.
  • They incessantly engage in wrestling matches or play fighting.
  • They chattered incessantly and chased their reflections into windows.
  • Whenever the vehicle stops, he begins barking incessantly and will not stop until the car begins moving or he is removed.
  • And in silent solitude he brooded incessantly on his fate.
  • But if incessantly consumed, it keeps up constant, but mild cerebral exhilaration.
British Dictionary definitions for incessantly


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 incessantly



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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