in·​ces·​sant | \(ˌ)in-ˈse-sᵊnt \

Definition of incessant 

: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing

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incessantly adverb

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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 soundtrack is composed of sound effects and Akerman’s incessant singing/humming, what the French call the little song that makes life go on. Mark Swed,, "Music goes multimedia, but why? Three concerts point the way," 25 Apr. 2018 The Bulls can fit a promising rookie onto a young, evolving roster that ends the incessant talk of tanking and starts challenging for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. David Haugh,, "Bulls and Blackhawks need to make bold moves at drafts, bringing stars to Chicago," 20 June 2018 The story unfolds at a measured pace in France, during World War I, on a family farm where women are the guardians of the land and its traditions, while men are being slaughtered in insane, incessant conflict. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Guardians’ Review: A Sumptuous Dramatic Harvest," 8 May 2018 The incessant, unresolvable GOAT debate will get a welcome rest. Brian Straus,, "The World Cup Will Be Just Fine Without the Exhausting Messi vs. Ronaldo Debate," 30 June 2018 The fan apologized, and despite the crowd’s incessant booing, the rapper graciously gave her a second chance to perform onstage. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Kendrick Lamar Calls Out White Fan for Singing N-Word During 'M.A.A.D City' at Hangout Festival," 21 May 2018 The incessant downloads started July 6 and will continue through Thursday. Washington Post,, "In honor of Trump visit, Brits try to lift ‘American Idiot’ to top of the charts," 10 July 2018 But the word of mouth, Elliott’s backing, as well as Alberth’s incessant phone calls, has this year’s convention bursting at the seams. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys star joins Tony Romo as co-owner of fantasy football convention in Fort Worth," 11 July 2018 While much has been made of Neymar's embellishment and incessant rolling, he's actually been quite good over the last couple of games. Avi Creditor,, "World Cup Quarterfinal Power Rankings: Field Narrows to Powers, Surprises," 4 July 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 \

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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