continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending: an incessant noise.

Nearby words

  1. inceptisol,
  2. inceptive,
  3. inceptively,
  4. incertitude,
  5. incessancy,
  6. incest,
  7. incestuous,
  8. incestuously,
  9. inch,
  10. inch along

Origin of incessant

1425–75; late Middle English incessaunte < Late Latin incessant-, equivalent to Latin in- in-3 + cessant- (stem of cessāns), present participle of cessāre to stop work; see cease, -ant

Related formsin·ces·san·cy, in·ces·sant·ness, nounin·ces·sant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incessancy

  • In recapitulating the history of Uruguay at this period the incessancy of the stream of warlike events is amazing.

    Uruguay|W. H. Koebel
  • Couple with this incessancy of action the loftiness and ardour of his aspirations.

    Sermons|Clement Bailhache
  • The air was tense and restless with murmured prayer and the incessancy of "sacring-bells."

  • But now fatigue a little deadened him to that incessancy of life, it seemed now just an eternal circling.

    The World Set Free|Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for incessancy



not ceasing; continual
Derived Formsincessancy or incessantness, nounincessantly, adverb

Word Origin for incessant

C16: from Late Latin incessāns, from Latin in- 1 + cessāre to cease

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Word Origin and History for incessancy
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