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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.
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 for insistently
  • 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.
  • Patiently but insistently, they chiseled away for years at athletic segregation.
  • Ben kicks him out and picks up the phone that has been buzzing insistently.
  • He insistently urged me to trade the money for dollars.
  • 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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