in·​ces·​sant | \ (ˌ)in-ˈse-sᵊnt How to pronounce incessant (audio) \

Definition of incessant

: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing

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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

Examples of incessant in a Sentence

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 Magna Carta also stipulated that the shire courts should meet as royal courts under the itinerant justices more often than twice a year—a change, convenient to the landed classes and their incessant civil actions, that was not implemented because of the cost to the Crown. — Norman F. Cantor, Imagining the Law, 1997 Whatever Stalin's ancestry, his biographers, Robert Tucker in particular, have concluded that his unfortunate childhood experiences, including incessant, murderous beatings by his drunken father, were probably what caused his pathological behaviour. — Amy Knight, Times Literary Supplement, 26 Apr. 1991 the incessant noise from an outside repair crew was a real distraction during the test
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Recent Examples on the Web This is achieved by the means of the latest political technology imported from the West as well as incessant propaganda, which has infinitely more in common with Fox News infotainment than Soviet TV. Leonid Ragozin, Time, "Moscow's Elections Show Putin Is Losing the War at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Hurricanes are the great, grim, incessant force of the coast of the Carolinas, a recurring source of heartbreak and death that have influenced the course of the region’s history. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Hurricane Dorian Becomes a Carolina Problem With a Fierce Lashing of the Coast," 5 Sep. 2019 Though many might expect adorable snaps of the happy couple, true fans of Lively and Reynolds will be well aware of their incessant online trolling. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds Relentlessly Trolls Blake Lively on Instagram for Her 32nd Birthday," 25 Aug. 2019 The main infraction here was his incessant talking during the performance. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Critique of fellow theatergoer should be based solely on behavior," 14 Sep. 2019 The main infraction here was his incessant talking during the performance. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Large man joked about encroaching on our seats. I didn’t find it funny.," 14 Sep. 2019 Flu season is decidedly not the most wonderful time of the year—the risk of incessant coughing and soldiering through an overall blah feeling for days or even weeks is enough to make anyone want to hibernate until... Emily Shiffer,, "When Exactly is Flu Season? Doctors Explain How to Prepare," 13 Sep. 2019 The incessant downpour has, so far, claimed at least five lives, according to various news reports. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Incredible scenes from India’s financial capital that’s drowning in rainwater—yet again," 5 Sep. 2019 Despite the inroads being made by fat-positivity activists like Tess Holliday or Naomi Watanabe, popular culture already provides incessant commentary about the importance of weight loss and the unacceptability of fat bodies. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Can you be body-positive and want to lose weight?," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of incessant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incessant

Middle English incessaunt, from Late Latin incessant-, incessans, from Latin in- + cessant-, cessans, present participle of cessare to delay — more at cease

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of incessant was in the 15th century

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How to pronounce incessant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incessant

: continuing without stopping : not stopping


in·​ces·​sant | \ in-ˈse-sᵊnt How to pronounce incessant (audio) \

Kids Definition of incessant

: going on and on : not stopping or letting up incessant chatter

Other Words from incessant

incessantly adverb

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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