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insistent

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adjective in·sis·tent \in-ˈsis-tənt\

Simple Definition of insistent

  • : demanding that something happen or that someone do something

  • : happening for a long time and very difficult to ignore

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of insistent

  1. 1 :  disposed to insist :  persistent

  2. 2 :  compelling attention <the insistent pounding of the waves>

insistently

adverb

Examples of insistent in a sentence

  1. We listened to the insistent crashing of waves on the beach.

  2. <Margaret Sanger is remembered as an insistent crusader for birth control.>



Origin and Etymology of insistent

Latin insistent-, insistens, present participle of insistere


First Known Use: 1868


INSISTENT Defined for Kids

insistent

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adjective in·sis·tent \in-ˈsi-stənt\

Definition of insistent for Students

  1. :  demanding that something happen or that someone act in a certain way <He was insistent that I stay overnight.>

insistently

adverb




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