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 But Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey was insistent the team needed to leave the AT&T Center floor and head to the waiting bus. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why the Detroit Pistons are ready for the return of Reggie Jackson," 29 Dec. 2019 But Grande was insistent in her vision and her plan, and Republic helped her land her first two chart-topping singles. Dan Rys, Billboard, "The Singles and Stars That Made Republic 2019's Top Hot 100 Label," 19 Dec. 2019 Despite having been a mainstay in the heart of Chelsea's defence this season - having missed just 10 games - Conte was insistent that the Dane's absence was not an excuse for the shock defeat. SI.com, "Chelsea Dealt Cruel Blow as Antonio Conte Provides Injury Update for Andreas Christensen," 1 Feb. 2018 After meeting privately in July 2017 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Trump grew more insistent that Ukraine worked to defeat him, according to multiple former officials familiar with his assertions. BostonGlobe.com, "The concern among senior White House officials that Putin helped fuel Trump’s theories about Ukraine underscores long-standing fears inside the administration about the Russian president’s ability to influence Trump’s views.," 20 Dec. 2019 After meeting privately in July 2017 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Trump grew more insistent that Ukraine worked to defeat him, according to multiple former officials familiar with his assertions. Anchorage Daily News, "Former White House officials say they feared Putin influenced the president’s views on Ukraine, 2016 campaign," 20 Dec. 2019 Over the past year, the call for equal pay has grown louder and more insistent. Kim Churches, NBC News, "The good news about equal pay laws," 15 Nov. 2019 Nate Silver, the statistician who founded FiveThirtyEight, was especially insistent that impeachment was a terrible idea. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why the Pundits Got Impeachment Wrong," 16 Oct. 2019 The Americans were faster and more insistent to the ball, leaving their French players often disjointed in their passing and unnerved at times by the ferocious play of their opponents. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019

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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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9 Jan 2020

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“Insistent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insistently. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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insistent

adjective
How to pronounce insistent (audio)

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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