in·​sis·​tent in-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce insistent (audio)
: disposed to insist : persistent
: compelling attention
the insistent pounding of the waves
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Gino, on the other hand, has been insistent on his desire to have a kid with his wide. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 She wasn’t entirely convinced, but Leitch was insistent. Meredith Woerner, Variety, 3 May 2024 In New York, some students and faculty members complained that university leaders had largely kowtowed to a Congress whose insistent questioning helped fuel the recent resignations by the presidents of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Alan Blinder, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2024 The colliding pulses seemed to coalesce into a fundamental ghost rhythm that was as insistent as any pounding bass. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Colette, though, acting on instinct more than habit, was insistent. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 11 Apr. 2024 In an interview, CEO Albert Bourla was insistent that investors are missing the potential of Pfizer’s acquisition of Seagen. Damian Garde Reprints, STAT, 29 Feb. 2024 Signs lined the concourse, gentle but insistent reminders to watch the screens, which imaged your face. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 Trian Partners, the hedge fund founded by Peltz, had leveraged its standing as one of Disney’s largest shareholders to carry out a high-profile campaign critical of the company’s growth strategy, and insistent about a plan for a successor to 73-year-old current CEO Bob Iger. Max Zahn, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Latin insistent-, insistens, present participle of insistere

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of insistent was in 1868

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“Insistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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in·​sis·​tent in-ˈsis-tənt How to pronounce insistent (audio)
: demanding attention : persistent
insistently adverb

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