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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Meanwhile, Schorer demonstrated Balanchine’s insistence that a tightness be kept in the upper thighs for balance. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At the New York City Ballet’s Annual Luncheon, Canapés Were Served With a Side of Dance History," 8 Feb. 2019 The house took over four years to build, due in part to his insistence that everything be perfectly aligned. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Perfectionist Architect’s Experimental Home," 27 Dec. 2018 Sound Oasis Glo2Sleep Therapy Mask Everything about the Glo2Sleep Mask is geriatric, from its blatant disregard for aesthetic value to its radical insistence on comfort, evidenced by the inch-thick foam padding pressing into your face. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "All the New Tech That’s Upgrading Your Sleep Routine," 30 Mar. 2018 And a lot of it was in response to this insistence to remove the Chicano from the conversation. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Photographers Harry Gamboa Jr. and Luis Garza on pushing back against 'bad hombre' Chicano stereotypes," 23 Mar. 2018 The White House has backed down from the president’s insistence that a new deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown has to hinge on $5 billion dedicated to wall funding. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Donald Trump would like to stop talking about the wall now," 20 Dec. 2018 The insistence on chorus lines for ensembles proved amusing enough and musical enough if also a little forced. Mark Swed,, "A little operatic help for newspapers: ‘La Gazzetta’ couldn't be better timed," 30 June 2018 The insistence of Thibodeau and Layden to hang on to Butler as long as possible, shrugging off the distraction as simply part of life in the league, backfired as Butler protected his health by playing in only select games. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau," 7 Jan. 2019 The industry apparatus’s adamant insistence on keeping their beloved characters free from that label speaks volumes about our culture’s lingering fear of queerness. Kelly Gonsalves, Teen Vogue, "Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street" May Not Be Gay, But Why Are We So Quick to Clarify?," 19 Sep. 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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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