in·​sis·​tence in-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce insistence (audio)
: the act or an instance of insisting
: the quality or state of being insistent : urgency

Example Sentences

He spoke with great insistence of the need for reform. the insistence of the crashing waves
Recent Examples on the Web In reply, Kuleba emphasized Ukraine's insistence on the principle of territorial integrity and referred to the peace plan proposed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Many have reported symptoms like nausea and dizziness despite state and local officials’ insistence that air and water levels remain safe. Elizabeth Elkind, Fox News, 9 Mar. 2023 Some fans became increasingly disgruntled with the poor results, Boeheim’s insistence on playing his trademark zone defense and his inability to consistently land top recruits. Billy Witz, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2023 His insistence that the skeptical Rebecca engage in the daily ritual is pure Lasso, in whose playbook persistence wins championships. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 Apple’s suppliers rarely comment on its thinking, in part because of the US company’s famous insistence on secrecy across its global supply chain. Nguyen Xuan Quynh, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2023 This came after a review of the trial exposed discrepancies in testimonies that appeared to uphold Frank's insistence on his innocence. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2023 Both have pointed to Turkey’s insistence on maintaining a permanent troop presence and military intervention rights in a reunified Cyprus as the main reason for the unravelling of negotiations. Menelaos Hadjicostis,, 12 Feb. 2023 Schulz’s insistence that the show quote from the Bible gave it a religious focus that television entertainment typically steered clear of. David Bauder, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of insistence was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Insistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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in·​sis·​tence in-ˈsis-tən(t)s How to pronounce insistence (audio)
: the act or an instance of insisting
: the quality or state of being insistent

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