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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On top of that, the insistence on always playing to the middle while the Republican Party swings further into full-blown authoritarianism has produced a huge imagination deficit among the Democrats. Luke Darby, GQ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has a Message for Democrats: It's Time to Think Big," 30 June 2018 What the insistence on empathy in games amounts to, in a lot of cases, is a sort of exceptionalist persecution complex. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Stop Expecting Games to Build Empathy," 27 June 2018 That power seems to have redoubled his insistence upon shaking up long-standing alliances across the Atlantic. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump is threatening the Western alliance. And Republicans have no will to stop him.," 13 July 2018 While Haiti is returning to calm after the government reversed a sharp hike in fuel prices that triggered days of violent civil unrest, the International Monetary Fund is not backing down from its insistence that Haiti needs to raise prices. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti’s low fuel prices unfairly benefit the rich and need to be raised, IMF says," 12 July 2018 But his famous name and attachment to causes dear to populist Republicans’ hearts – particularly his insistence that the 44th president is a secret Kenyan – give Arpaio electoral clout. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Power Rankings: Not so peachy primaries," 9 July 2018 Merkel has been at odds for more than three weeks with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer over his insistence that migrants who have sought asylum elsewhere in the European Union should be turned away at Germany’s borders. David Rising, The Seattle Times, "Compromise reached in German government migration standoff," 3 July 2018 So has his insistence, at a NATO leaders’ summit meeting this week, that America’s partners have taken advantage of the United States by not contributing enough to collective military spending. Ceylan Yeginsu,, "Big protests greet Trump in Britain," 13 July 2018 Lustig said the conditions in the night house were deplorable, and Mei was not allowed, due to park management’s insistence, to move elsewhere. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 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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