insistent

adjective
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was insistent in his pre-draft news conference that the team was committed to the reigning NFL MVP. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2021 The voice, more insistent, announced that the vehicle would detonate. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2021 She was strongly influenced by her older sister Lucretia Mott, a Quaker minister who lived in Philadelphia—one of the earliest, and most insistent, American proponents of human rights. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021 Forget the eruptions, forget the inevitable extinguishing of the vents—life down here is raucous, insistent. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2021 Not unlike a certain medieval peasant, Biogen appears insistent that its problematic Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab, is not dead yet. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2021 That is why Biden officials are so insistent on supplanting the latter with the former. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 23 Feb. 2021 Shortly after this book was published, Emanuel was interviewed on a podcast with a very insistent host. David Oshinsky, The New York Review of Books, 6 Oct. 2020 Still, Hirono and other Democrats have been insistent that the rise in anti-Asian sentiments is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of insistent was in 1868

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2 Jun 2021

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“Insistent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insistent. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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insistent

adjective

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

insistent

adjective
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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