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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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Insistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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