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.

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Bahceli was reportedly among those most insistent on demanding a revote and urging Erdogan to take a more aggressive, adversarial policy toward the West. Jason Epstein, National Review, "Whoever Wins Istanbul’s Mayoral Election, There’s Trouble Ahead for Erdogan," 22 June 2019 But with Sarri under contract until 2020, club president Aurelio de Laurentiis was still insistent that Chelsea must pay a release clause of around €8m (£7m) to hire him. SI.com, "Napoli Finally Ready to Drop Maurizio Sarri Release Clause But Chelsea Must Adhere to Key Condition," 15 June 2018 Foundations, corporations and government funding agencies have been increasingly insistent that arts organizations broaden the reach of their offerings. David Lyman, Detroit Free Press, "Opera meets baseball in MOT's 'The Summer King,' a work about a Negro leagues legend," 10 May 2018 But Jill Noe, a former college basketball star who is Whitney's twin, was insistent. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "A woman who carried her twin sister's babies gave birth to her two healthy twins," 21 June 2019 With the 7- and 20-year-old Charles repeatedly onstage together, Fire dramatizes an insistent and mostly frustrated craving for intimacy and affection. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 The hospital staff was insistent, but Brenda Bennett-Johnson could not be sure. nola.com, "He died after the family took him off life support; then he walked through the door," 15 June 2019 By Kyle Swenson | The Washington Post The hospital staff was insistent, but Brenda Bennett-Johnson could not be sure. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "He died after the family took him off life support. Then he walked through the door.," 14 June 2019 Seymour Hersh, the widely admired investigative journalist who uncovered the My Lai massacre in 1969, is perhaps the most insistent and vocal among them. The New York Review of Books, "The Resurgence of Central Asia, Islam or Nationalism," 27 Mar. 2017

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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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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.

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