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

Examples of insistence in a Sentence

He spoke with great insistence of the need for reform. the insistence of the crashing waves
Recent Examples on the Web The term has come to express a uniquely French insistence that religion, along with religious symbols and dress, should be absent from the public sphere. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2021 Francis frequently shifts between braggadocious storytelling and an insistence that the Navy is ultimately to blame for unofficially sanctioning a corrupt system. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Part of the new guard, Reichl built upon this idea with an insistence that great food also requires great ingredients. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 The strongest argument in the gun owners’ brief to the Supreme Court relates to New York’s insistence that citizens show an exceptional or extraordinary need to exercise a right that the court has recognized as fundamental. Morgan Marietta, The Conversation, 4 Nov. 2021 This overexplicit ploy is part of rap’s rhythmic insistence and a signature of the style that West has developed on his own. Armond White, National Review, 3 Nov. 2021 This, despite the earlier insistence of some workers, and some unions, that Baker’s vaccine mandate constituted an overreach that might trigger mass resignations., 29 Oct. 2021 Catholicism’s insistence, as developed in the work of Thomas Aquinas and his modern adherents, on the social nature of human existence has always been at odds with Protestant ideas about individual autonomy. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Why elites would even dream of interfering with middle-class self-sufficiency is beyond this discussion apart from the insistence that they be stopped. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of insistence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Insistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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