in·​sis·​tent in-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce insistent (audio)
: disposed to insist : persistent
: compelling attention
the insistent pounding of the waves
insistently adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Latin insistent-, insistens, present participle of insistere

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of insistent was in 1868

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“Insistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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in·​sis·​tent in-ˈsis-tənt How to pronounce insistent (audio)
: demanding attention : persistent
insistently adverb

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