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[in-sis-tuh ns] /ɪnˈsɪs təns/
the act or fact of insisting.
the quality of being insistent.
Origin of insistence
1605-15; insist + -ence
Related forms
noninsistence, noun
overinsistence, noun
superinsistence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Apple's insistence on control should not come as a surprise to close listeners of her work.
  • The major engine of opposition, however, remains the insistence that health-care reform is unaffordable.
  • And then there is his insistence that the relentless downward pressure on prices represents an iron law of the digital economy.
  • The insistence on plainness, the absence of stylization, carries over to the performances as well.
  • Even the six-page introduction, he later said, was coughed up only at the insistence of his editor.
  • He was unarmed, at her insistence, although dressed in his uniform.
  • It's a steady insistence that it's not a producer-consumer model, with the audience full of consumers, but rather a conversation.
  • The fat clings to the roof of my mouth with the oleaginous insistence of dentist's wax.
  • Your insistence on deflecting blame away from him is pathetic.
  • The organization is notoriously difficult to study, thanks to its insistence on anonymity and its fluid membership.
Word Origin and History for insistence

mid-15c., from Middle French insister (see insist) + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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