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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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  • Within seconds, he's peppering the driver-politely but insistently-with questions.
  • No writer so insistently teaches the general through the particular.
  • He reached for her hand and pulled on it, insistently.
  • He remains insistently proud of this because others tend to lose sight of it amid the gaudier distractions.
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  • The writers insistently deflect their gaze from anatomical gender difference, angrily proclaiming that it is a nonissue.
  • It's more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment.
  • All the summer birds are back and are insistently proclaiming their territories.
British Dictionary definitions for insistently


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 insistently



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.

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