insistence

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noun in·sis·tence \in-ˈsi-stən(t)s\

Definition of insistence

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of insisting

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being insistent :  urgency

Examples of insistence in a Sentence

  1. He spoke with great insistence of the need for reform.

  2. the insistence of the crashing waves

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15th Century

First Known Use of insistence

15th century


INSISTENCE Defined for English Language Learners

insistence

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Definition of insistence for English Language Learners

  • : the act of demanding something or saying something in a way that does not allow disagreement

  • : the quality or state of being insistent


INSISTENCE Defined for Kids

insistence

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noun in·sis·tence \in-ˈsi-stəns\

Definition of insistence for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being demanding about something … his insistence on perfection had lost him many a well-paid commission. — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard



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