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[in-sis-tuh nt] /ɪnˈsɪs tənt/
earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
compelling attention or notice:
an insistent tone.
Origin of insistent
1615-25; < Latin insistent- (stem of in-sistēns), present participle of insistere. See insist, -ent
Related forms
insistently, adverb
noninsistent, adjective
overinsistent, adjective
overinsistently, adverb
quasi-insistent, adjective
quasi-insistently, adverb
superinsistent, adjective
superinsistently, adverb
uninsistent, adjective
uninsistently, adverb Unabridged
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  • The brothers Ricardi insistently demanded that the game should continue.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Gilberte insistently went on, as if enjoying her friend's discomfiture.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • It is possible that he wondered why he had been so insistently urged to come.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The muscles of his legs ached as insistently as if clamped in a vice.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Something was insistently pressing on his brain, demanding a confession.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for insistently


making continual and persistent demands
demanding notice or attention; compelling: the insistent cry of a bird
Derived Forms
insistence, insistency, noun
insistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insistently



1620s, "standing on something," from Latin insistentem (nominative insistens), present participle of insistere (see insist). Meaning "dwelling firmly on something asserted" is from 1868. Related: Insistently.

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