in·​sis·​tence | \ in-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce insistence (audio) \

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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But efforts to resolve their fate through legislation have become mired in other immigration issues, such as Mr. Trump’s insistence that relief for Dreamers be paired with funding for a barrier along the southern border. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Review Trump Effort to Cancel DACA," 28 June 2019 Adding a degree of difficulty was Boyle’s insistence that Patel perform the songs live on camera rather than lip-sync. Meredith Blake,, "Himesh Patel masters the Beatles in ‘Yesterday’," 27 June 2019 Davell Crawford reminisced on Rebennack’s insistence on being there for his son’s karate belt ceremony. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 As Fortune‘s Robert Hackett has pointed out, Facebook’s insistence that data-merging will only take place after explicit opting-in is still not a binding privacy policy. David Meyer, Fortune, "4 Reasons to be Skeptical About Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency," 7 Jan. 2019 Thus, there was no way to interpret the comment as anything other than a sexist slight, despite Newton’s insistence to the contrary. Eve L. Ewing, GQ, "Bomani Jones Has a Funny Joke for You," 15 May 2018 The Watson pictures show Parks’s growing sophistication with artificial light, composition and the use of symbolic details, and also his insistence on presenting African-Americans in ways that defied stereotypes. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950’ Review: Young Talent in Black and White," 5 Dec. 2018 Turkey has dropped its insistence on the immediate departure of the Syrian president, while Russia has allowed Turkey to conduct cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in Syria. Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Seattle Times, "In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel," 27 Aug. 2018 His insistence on his own management team could be seen as his way of ensuring the best possible execution of a bad combination. Edmund Lee, Recode, "Shari Redstone is facing off against Les Moonves in a battle to run CBS-Viacom," 11 Apr. 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 How to pronounce insistence (audio) \

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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