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 Norma orchestrated their incessant moves — to Fort Lee and Fort Myer in Virginia; the German towns of Aschaffenburg and Giessen; and beyond — with precision. Washington Post, "Norma Darling led a life of love and duty, delighting those around her," 21 Sep. 2020 In the clip, Drake, unable to cross the U.S.-Canada border amid the COVID-19 pandemic, satisfies Khaled’s incessant requests to film a video by recruiting Justin Bieber, who performs Drake’s vocals. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "DJ Khaled & Drake’s ‘Popstar’ Powers to No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart," 16 Sep. 2020 Straight, silky, long hair has been idealized for decades, leading young Black girls to undergo chemical straightening processes or incessant heat styling to subdue our hair for school. Faith Cummings, Glamour, "Why Is It Still So Impossible to Find a Stylist Who Knows Textured Hair?," 9 Sep. 2020 The incessant ringing of the telephone serves as its own alarm. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Businesses in NFL cities bracing for possibility of no fans," 2 Sep. 2020 Familiar alarms of foghorns thundered ahead of heavy ocean-going freighters, incessant in their urgency to clear a path through the fleet of hundreds of small craft, each trying to maintain its own course at trolling speed. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Iconic fall chinook fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River was short, but sweet," 29 Aug. 2020 From his lawless assassinations in the Middle East and his contempt for diplomacy to his incessant attempt to drum up confrontation with China, Trump has been a destabilizing force in the world. Emma Ashford, Star Tribune, "Biden wants to return to a 'normal' foreign policy. That's the problem.," 26 Aug. 2020 It’s the third most obnoxious sound, right behind incessant open-mouth chewing and a forest full of salacious cicadas. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, "Busted: 10 Myths About Scaring Off Deer," 25 Aug. 2020 Some can recall the incessant headlines about the notorious murder of Dan Broderick at the hands of his ex-wife, Betty Broderick, in the late 1980s. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Continued Story of Betty Broderick and Where She Is Now in 2020," 22 Aug. 2020

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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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“Incessant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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