in·​sis·​tence | \ in-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce insistence (audio) \

Definition of insistence

1 : the act or an instance of insisting
2 : the quality or state of being insistent : urgency

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Examples of insistence in a Sentence

He spoke with great insistence of the need for reform. the insistence of the crashing waves
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the insistence of Lopez Obrador and his Covid czar, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell that the pandemic hasn’t been as grave, Mexico has registered larger daily increases in deaths., 11 Aug. 2021 Iran responded by intensifying its enrichment of uranium and building of centrifuges, while maintaining its insistence that its nuclear development was for civilian and not military purposes. Ellen Knickmeyer And Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Apr. 2021 Jenkins also took issue with Perdue's support of Trump, a president Jenkins said contributed to the rise in hate crimes against the Asian American community following Trump's insistence that the coronavirus pandemic was China's fault. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 24 Dec. 2020 This insistence undermines just how capable single mothers are. Marisa Bate,, 30 Aug. 2021 Romney also criticized Biden’s seeming insistence on adhering to the Aug. 31 deadline for pulling out of the country. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 The organizers’ insistence on holding them reinforced a sense that the country’s leaders are unaccountable to the public. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 In that office, Kerry was routinely faulted for a kind of quixotic insistence on pursuing lost causes. David Remnic, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Increasingly, others have had the same insistence for the multi-talented actress who can seemingly tackle any genre. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of insistence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Insistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of insistence

: the act of demanding something or saying something in a way that does not allow disagreement
: the quality or state of being insistent


in·​sis·​tence | \ in-ˈsi-stəns How to pronounce insistence (audio) \

Kids Definition of insistence

: the quality or state of being demanding about something … his insistence on perfection had lost him many a well-paid commission.— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard

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