adjective in·ces·sant \ (ˌ)in-ˈse-sᵊnt \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of incessant

: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing



Examples of incessant in a Sentence

  1. 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 SacksNew Yorker24 Sept. 2007
  2. 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. CantorImagining the Law1997
  3. 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 KnightTimes Literary Supplement26 Apr. 1991
  4. the incessant noise from an outside repair crew was a real distraction during the test

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Origin and Etymology of incessant

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

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 English Language Learners


Definition of incessant for English Language Learners

  • : continuing without stopping : not stopping

INCESSANT Defined for Kids


adjective in·ces·sant \ in-ˈse-sᵊnt \

Definition of incessant for Students

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



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