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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Every time a new video was posted, Maza woke to incessant attacks from Crowder's fans on his Twitter and Instagram. Suhauna Hussain,, "Amid harassment complaints, YouTube says it will remove more white supremacist content," 5 June 2019 His incessant work to make abrupt, violent regime change extremely hard has led to the construction of an inflexible, ossified system bound in equal measure by fear and corruption. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Russia after Vladimir Putin," 5 June 2019 The showstopping comic role of Dawn’s incessant suitor Ogie is played by Jeremy Morse, who originated the role in the show’s pre-Broadway beginnings at the A.R.T. in Massachusetts. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ‘Waitress’ carries down-home charm into The Bushnell," 19 June 2019 Each is a graceful creature that distinguishes itself from a gull by the incessant slicing of its sharp wings through the air. Anchorage Daily News, "Monitoring a mystery bird on Southeast Alaska ocean spits," 15 June 2019 Hopefully, the ruling will finally give us all some relief over these incessant calls and scams. Doreen Christensen,, "What cell carriers plan to do to aggressively block robocalls after FCC ruling," 7 June 2019 In the violent, incessant turf battles between gangs, the Big Hazard gang had claimed the housing development as its territory and members wanted to rid the sprawling development of its black tenants. Joel Rubin,, "Gang member gets prison for firebombing black families in Boyle Heights," 3 June 2019 The historic surge has become a source of incessant frustration for Trump, whose administration has tried to deter the migrants with ever-harsher enforcement tactics. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Arrests along Mexico border surged again in May, blowing past ‘breaking point’," 5 June 2019 The chatter is so incessant, in fact, that TLC released a full documentary last month outlining Markle and Middleton's relationship. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Royal Expert Told Us the Real Story Behind Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's 'Feud'," 29 Mar. 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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The first known use of incessant was in the 15th century

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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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