in·​sis·​tent | \ in-ˈsi-stənt \

Definition of insistent

1 : disposed to insist : persistent
2 : compelling attention the insistent pounding of the waves

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Other Words from insistent

insistently adverb

Examples of insistent in a Sentence

We listened to the insistent crashing of waves on the beach. Margaret Sanger is remembered as an insistent crusader for birth control.

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Most of the planet’s spacefaring countries have set up a semi-permanent habitat in the International Space Station, but China is insistent on doing its own thing. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Our First Look at China's New Space Station," 7 Nov. 2018 American consumers have grown increasingly insistent on bargain prices — in part a hangover from the Great Recession, in part a function of online price-comparison tools. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 Big Joe Turner crying the blues over the insistent, rollicking boogie beat of Pete Johnson’s piano. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Concert That Changed Music History," 24 Dec. 2018 The song is purposefully baroque, with Palmer and Power's voices wailing over an insistent piano. Rebecca Farley,, "Why Amanda Palmer Wrote A Song Called "Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now"," 23 May 2018 These are complications in China’s insistent effort to consolidate its empire, and the U.S. should renew its links with these oppressed minorities in keeping with the commitment in Vice President Pence’s speech. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, "How to Win a Cold War With Beijing," 25 Oct. 2018 Members of Congress have grown increasingly insistent in recent days that the administration get to the bottom of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a writer for The Washington Post. Matthew Pennington, The Seattle Times, "US seeks answers about missing writer from Saudi ally," 9 Oct. 2018 But for some frustrated by the scooter onslaught, fighting technology and Silicon Valley’s insistent creep into our lives is what the scooter battle is really about. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "In the Scooter Wars of 2018, it's not really about the scooters," 21 June 2018 But that ignores idiosyncratic qualities like their insistent soberness, their extra-quirky attitude toward modesty, and their fairly nuanced feeling for architectural shapes, as demonstrated with their last resort collection. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "The Quirky Puritanism of the Olsen Twins," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of insistent

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for insistent

Latin insistent-, insistens, present participle of insistere

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English Language Learners Definition of insistent

: demanding that something happen or that someone do something
: happening for a long time and very difficult to ignore


in·​sis·​tent | \ in-ˈsi-stənt \

Kids Definition of insistent

: demanding that something happen or that someone act in a certain way He was insistent that I stay overnight.

Other Words from insistent

insistently adverb

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a servile follower or underling

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