incessant

adjective
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 Perhaps the young mother, with her 3- and 5-year-old children, is chronically fatigued or even depressed because of the incessant demands of caring for them. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Readers diagnose mother’s loss of interest in husband," 18 Oct. 2019 Perhaps the young mother, with her 3- and 5-year-old children, is chronically fatigued or even depressed because of the incessant demands of caring for them. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Readers weigh in on wife’s loss of interest in her husband after birth of their second child," 18 Oct. 2019 Colangelo wanted to hire Krzyzewski’s replacement long before Rio, just to eliminate incessant speculation during the Olympic cycle about who would take over the program. Tim Reynolds, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Special guest: Krzyzewski stops by USA Basketball practice," 7 Aug. 2019 But the president’s incessant criticism raises the question of whether the attacks could eventually undermine confidence that the Fed will remain politically independent and not try to boost the economy before next year’s presidential election. Martin Crutsinger, The Denver Post, "Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate in its first reduction in more than decade," 31 July 2019 But the president's incessant criticism raises the question of whether the attacks could eventually undermine confidence that the Fed will remain politically independent and not try to boost the economy before next year's presidential election. Martin Crutsinger, chicagotribune.com, "Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate by quarter-point, marking the first reduction since 2008′s Great Recession," 31 July 2019 Thankfully, the incessant criticism hasn't deterred Chrissy from sharing her cooking. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Is Done With Unsolicited Cooking Advice: "Make Your Own Thank You Goodbye"," 29 July 2019 But the president's incessant criticism raises the question of whether the attacks could eventually undermine confidence that the Fed will remain politically independent and not try to boost the economy before next year's presidential election. Martin Crutsinger, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate in attempt to keep economy on track," 11 July 2019 The change is fueled by factors including the region’s incessant housing demand and a new state law that loosens development restrictions on BART property. San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area Housing Crisis: BART filling void," 4 Jan. 2011

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incessant?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=incess02. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for incessant

incessant

adjective
How to pronounce incessant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incessant

: continuing without stopping : not stopping

incessant

adjective
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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