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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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 Then there’s the fact that cycling fans are starved for good news: incessant doping scandals aside, Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts died tragically of cardiac arrest during this very race. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "The Dignity of Quitting," 15 May 2018 Unfortunately, the holiday merriment was no doubt clouded by the incessant rumors the two sisters-in-law are feuding. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, Normal Sisters-in-Law, Both Attended the Queen's Christmas Lunch," 19 Dec. 2018 Getty Images While the rest of America came home to anxiety and a night of obsessively refreshing midterm election results and the incessant pinging of news alerts, Kylie Jenner was enjoying a little impromptu romance. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Shares Video of Her House Filled With Red Roses from Travis Scott," 7 Nov. 2018 Investors are used to incessant complaints about China’s business environment. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Trump Hasn’t Killed Foreign Investment in China," 22 Oct. 2018 An election in one regional council in southern Israel near the Gaza border was postponed because of the incessant rocket fire and the violence could drive down voter turnout in other locations near Gaza. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Jerusalem picks new mayor in round 2 of municipal elections," 13 Nov. 2018 This online-gaming sensation combines three very complex ideas—high-speed combat, incessant equipment upgrades, and a make-your-own-buildings system—into one experience. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Video: UX expert helps explain why Fortnite is such a success," 13 Sep. 2018 Thus, the effectiveness of targeting someone online by snowing their employer with incessant claims of outrageous past behavior and staging an outcry may already be greatly diminished. Aja Romano, Vox, "The “controversy” over journalist Sarah Jeong joining the New York Times, explained," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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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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