in·​sis·​tence | \in-ˈsi-stən(t)s \

Definition of insistence 

1 : the act or an instance of insisting

2 : the quality or state of being insistent : urgency

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Examples of insistence in a Sentence

He spoke with great insistence of the need for reform. the insistence of the crashing waves

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European officials have blamed the slow pace of talks on U.S. insistence to discuss the opening agricultural markets, which France has refused to include in any negotiation. William Boston, WSJ, "U.S. Weighs Inviting German Auto CEOs to White House to Press for More U.S.-Based Production," 21 Nov. 2018 China considered the Vatican's insistence as an infringement on its sovereignty. Because of the dispute, China over the years named some bishops without papal consent, some of whom were then excommunicated by the church. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 Not even Elisabeth Moss could sell June’s dizzying about-face, or justify the show’s insistence that her actions were badass, not baffling. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018 But the government has not said how that could be achieved given May's insistence that Britain will leave the EU's customs union. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, "Theresa May tries to unite fractious ministers on Brexit trade plan," 6 July 2018 Mr Macron’s star power, and Angela Merkel’s waning influence as the guiding light of the right-of-centre European People’s Party, led to a new insistence that liberal principles be upheld. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 2018 The president’s and his spokesperson’s insistence that his inauguration crowd was the biggest in history — and certainly bigger than Obama’s — belied what everyone could see with their bare, lyin’ eyes. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 June 2018 New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb further explains the white-dominance of public spaces — the napping while, walking while, barbequeing while black phenomenon — and the insistence that the authorities intervene at the first sign of white discomfort. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Can Starbucks Change America?," 31 May 2018 As history attests, the Bush Administration apparently didn’t believe Baghdad’s insistence that the program had been curtailed, and on March 20, 2003, the first of tens of thousands of U.S troops rolled into Iraq. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of insistence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of insistence

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

: the quality or state of being insistent


in·​sis·​tence | \in-ˈsi-stəns \

Kids Definition of insistence

: 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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