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[in-sis-tuh nt] /ɪnˈsɪs tənt/
earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
compelling attention or notice:
an insistent tone.
Origin of insistent
1615-25; < Latin insistent- (stem of in-sistēns), present participle of insistere. See insist, -ent
Related forms
insistently, adverb
noninsistent, adjective
overinsistent, adjective
overinsistently, adverb
quasi-insistent, adjective
quasi-insistently, adverb
superinsistent, adjective
superinsistently, adverb
uninsistent, adjective
uninsistently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Bitter thoughts seem to hover around the pale forehead,—cruel doubt and insistent remorse.

  • It troubled him—the insistent feeling of the eyes which had been upon him.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The tent is the very outpost of settlement, a mute testimonial of the insistent desire to possess land of one's very own.

    In the Oregon Country George Palmer Putnam
  • We form a habit of conquering as insistent as any other habit.

  • This query was so insistent that it seemed to come from outside his consciousness, and to demand an answer.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for insistent


making continual and persistent demands
demanding notice or attention; compelling: the insistent cry of a bird
Derived Forms
insistence, insistency, noun
insistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insistent

1620s, "standing on something," from Latin insistentem (nominative insistens), present participle of insistere (see insist). Meaning "dwelling firmly on something asserted" is from 1868. Related: Insistently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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