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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Even following his character's season finale death, creator David Lynch was insistent on bringing Jacques and Olkewicz back. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Walter Olkewicz, actor who starred in 'Twin Peaks,' 'Grace Under Fire,' 'Seinfeld,' dies at 72," 8 Apr. 2021 Both bills hit a wall of opposition from Republicans insistent that any immigration legislation bolster security at the Mexican border, which waves of migrants have tried breaching in recent weeks. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "House OKs Dems' immigration bills for Dreamers, farm workers," 18 Mar. 2021 Both bills hit a wall of opposition from Republicans insistent that any immigration legislation bolster security at the Mexican border, which waves of migrants have tried breaching in recent weeks. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "Divided US House approves pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and migrants fleeing troubled countries," 18 Mar. 2021 For instance, while Sanders has been insistent on the $15 minimum wage provision, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, another Democratic centrist, have voiced their opposition to it. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Gone but not forgotten: Minimum wage raise still creates problems for White House," 27 Feb. 2021 As the depleted Lakers continue to flounder through midseason games that are essentially two hours of garbage time, their best player is insistent on playing garbage minutes, and LeBron James needs to just tell himself no. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: LeBron James needs rest to chase a title, not more minutes and an MVP," 25 Feb. 2021 Zarif is insistent that there will be no changes to the original agreement. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Blinken: As US offers conditional return to nuclear deal, Iran could soon be weeks away from having material for nuclear bomb," 2 Feb. 2021 The novel starts loud and only gets louder, its language soon cracking under the strain of supporting so much insistent vitality. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Chang-rae Lee Lets Loose in “My Year Abroad”," 8 Feb. 2021 Many of Jared Owens’s abstract-expressionist paintings utilize paint mixed with soil taken from the prison recreation yard, granting them an insistent roughness, a textural topography that refuses to stay confined to the flat plane of the canvas. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Breathtaking Ingenuity of Incarcerated Artists," 7 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'insistent.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about insistent

Time Traveler for insistent

Time Traveler

The first known use of insistent was in 1868

See more words from the same year

Statistics for insistent

Last Updated

15 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Insistent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insistent. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for insistent

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on insistent

What made you want to look up insistent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!