in·​sis·​tent | \ in-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce insistent (audio) \

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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In the course of the most insistent assertions that justice was not done, that witnesses lied, crime scenes were mishandled, there will be a touch of wariness—usually the result of delicately probing questions from the investigative team. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Reasonable Doubt’ Review: Lives on the Line," 14 June 2018 Politician as Survivor After the attack, some of the most insistent Second Amendment advocates on Capitol Hill took on the role of shooting survivor. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "9 Minutes of Terror, 12 Months of Recovery: Inside the Republican Baseball Team’s Return," 10 June 2018 DeWine is likely to benefit, somewhat paradoxically, from both Trump’s strength in the state and the popularity of the outgoing governor, John Kasich, a Republican who ran against Trump in 2016 and is one of the president’s most insistent critics. Jonathan Martin And Alexander Burns,, "Richard Cordray defeats Dennis Kucinich in Ohio Democratic primary," 9 May 2018 At the bright yellow Makina Cafe truck, which has been plying the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens since last summer, the injera is buoyant in the hand and unapologetically sour, with an insistent, earthy tang and a thousand eyes. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Makina Cafe, Ethiopian Takeaway With Buoyant Injera," 28 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce insistent (audio) \

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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