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
Recent Examples on the Web The key to everything here is Osborne’s insistence on no-contact, socially distant, spread-out races and his rapport with Waukesha County which has granted him permits on their public parks and spaces to run them. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: In a year of canceled races, one event director shows us how it can be done (with help)," 23 Nov. 2020 Cementing the old-school charm of the restaurant is its insistence on in-person ordering for takeout, though bulk orders of half and whole prime ribs (with sides included) are handled via email. Soleil Ho,, "House of Prime Rib's beefy feasts are still a splurge-worthy event as takeout," 12 Nov. 2020 Despite Trump’s admiration for Putin and insistence that good Russia-U. S. ties are a benefit to all, his administration maintained — and added to — Obama-era sanctions against Russia and Russian businesses and figures close to the Kremlin. Washington Post, "For Russia, Biden is the foe they know. The Kremlin is studying old playbooks.," 1 Nov. 2020 One of the sticking points holding up the bonding bill has been House Republicans' insistence that Walz give up his emergency powers. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, "Minnesota lawmakers extend special session in push for bonding bill," 12 Oct. 2020 Another key concern was the insistence by the European Central Bank that the two lenders would have to raise capital. Manuel Baigorri,, "Spain’s Unicaja Restarts Merger Talks With Rival Liberbank," 5 Oct. 2020 What seemed to matter most to those in attendance, was the insistence that Donald Trump and Republicans were not bigots, racists, and misogynists. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Republican National Convention’s War on Reality," 26 Aug. 2020 The errant graphic was tweeted several days after the election, as European allies slowly moved to embrace Biden in defiance of Trump’s insistence that the outcome remains in doubt. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Boris Johnson’s hasty congratulations of Biden reveals secret Trump message," 10 Nov. 2020 The insistence on unity between the two parties almost always comes at the expense of those whose needs are greatest. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of insistence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Nov 2020

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“Insistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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