adjective in·ces·sant \(ˌ)in-ˈse-sənt\

: continuing without stopping : not stopping

Full Definition of INCESSANT

:  continuing or following without interruption :  unceasing
in·ces·sant·ly adverb

Examples of INCESSANT

  1. <the incessant noise from an outside repair crew was a real distraction during the test>
  2. Much of the early motor development of the child depends on learning and refining such procedures, through play, imitation, trial and error, and incessant rehearsal. —Oliver Sacks, New Yorker, 24 Sept. 2007


Middle English incessaunt, from Late Latin incessant-, incessans, from Latin in- + cessant-, cessans, present participle of cessare to delay — more at cease
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of INCESSANT

continual, continuous, constant, incessant, perpetual, perennial mean characterized by continued occurrence or recurrence. continual often implies a close prolonged succession or recurrence <continual showers the whole weekend>. continuous usually implies an uninterrupted flow or spatial extension <football's oldest continuous rivalry>. constant implies uniform or persistent occurrence or recurrence <lived in constant pain>. incessant implies ceaseless or uninterrupted activity <annoyed by the incessant quarreling>. perpetual suggests unfailing repetition or lasting duration <a land of perpetual snowfall>. perennial implies enduring existence often through constant renewal <a perennial source of controversy>.
INCESSANT Defined for Kids


adjective in·ces·sant \in-ˈse-sənt\

Definition of INCESSANT for Kids

:  going on and on :  not stopping or letting up <incessant chatter>
in·ces·sant·ly adverb


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