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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The Raiders dealt with two during training camp — his feet and Brown’s insistence on a certain helmet. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown follows the money and crisis is averted — until the next one," 20 Aug. 2019 Having become increasingly eccentric and antisocial, picking needless battles with her neighbor Audrey (Kristen Wiig), Bernadette begins to break out of her shell while planning a family trip to Antarctica at Bee’s insistence. Mark Olsen,, "Architecture in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ adds to Cate Blanchett’s portrayal of complex character," 19 Aug. 2019 Rio Ferdinand – At Ferguson’s insistence, United paid a British record £30m fee to land Ferdinand in the summer of 2002, a deal which proved to be worth every penny., "Sir Alex Ferguson: The Manchester United Legend's All-Time Best XI," 16 Aug. 2019 Analysts say that the new missiles left little doubt that despite Mr. Trump’s insistence that his on-again, off-again diplomacy with Mr. Kim is making progress, the North has continued to modernize and expand its missile capabilities. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "North Korea Launches 2 Projectiles; South Korean Experts Blame Trump," 15 Aug. 2019 Kern Wildenthal knows all about Ross Perot’s insistence on excellence. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: Kern Wildenthal says Perot didn't just give money, he helped bring superstars to UT Southwestern," 14 July 2019 Defense lawyers in 2008 focused on Kelly’s insistence that the man in the video was not him. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case," 20 Feb. 2019 Finally, some readers always question my insistence on using mulches on bare soils and assume that is where these critters hide all winter and thus survive. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The trouble with thrips: They’re as annoying to gardeners as is possible," 7 Aug. 2019 His stubborn insistence on dignity and his impeccable manners slowly reveal a deeper decency, a need for human connection, and build to a surprising finish. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Poetry From Tina Chang, Natalie Scenters-Zapico and More," 18 June 2019

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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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to spread over or through

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