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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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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