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 incessant filtering, over time, has decimated other algae populations, so algae outbreaks on Lake Erie have basically become a microcystis show., 2 Sep. 2021 On Monday afternoon, family and friends gathered at a hilltop overlooking Kabul, with the incessant sounds of jets overhead. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Historically, Costco has not disclosed the producers of the Kirkland branded spirits; a practice that has given rise to incessant speculation among consumers on the origins of the Kirkland spirit expressions. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 20 June 2021 All this incessant noise around him gets filtered in the process. Dave Hyde,, 25 Aug. 2021 The club kept giving in to his father’s almost incessant demands for wage increases. Simon Kuper, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 From the incessant headlines of conflicts resolved with blood, of bodies found, of lives lost. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 26 July 2021 Our social order, meanwhile, is shot through with sleepless, incessant measurements of status taken by each of us against the standard of our neighbors. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 24 July 2021 But Temple lends Keeley something all her own, a generosity of spirit and an incessant shimmer that eye makeup alone can’t explain. New York Times, 22 July 2021

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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 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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