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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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Examples from the web for insistent
  • So do the calling, commanding ocean and insistent reminders of a shared geological history.
  • The strong line of junipers in the parkway, marching resolutely downhill, was so insistent that you noticed little else.
  • The rhythm of protests, followed by crackdowns, followed by renewed protests has become insistent in many cities.
  • Every time someone wonders something out loud, apologize for your insistent bladder and leave the table.
  • She is haunted both by the children she could never have and the books she has never managed to write, insistent ghosts.
  • Right about there, if the wind is blowing a certain way, you'll hear the insistent call of the drums.
  • His playing is strongly rhythmic, studded with insistent riffs, sometimes sliding into unexpected gospel settings.
  • In fact, they were insistent, as if trying to persuade the crowd.
  • But he sounded too insistent, as though he didn't quite believe it.
  • As waves of flame start to pulse up from the dish, the detector starts an insistent bleat.
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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