[in-sis-tuh ns]


the act or fact of insisting.
the quality of being insistent.

Origin of insistence

First recorded in 1605–15; insist + -ence
Related formsnon·in·sist·ence, nouno·ver·in·sist·ence, nounsu·per·in·sist·ence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for insistence

emphasis, persistence, urging, perseverance, importunity

Examples from the Web for insistence

Contemporary Examples of insistence

Historical Examples of insistence

  • There was a note of insistence that carried a curious dignity of its own.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • In that insistence lay her ultimate compensation for untold misery.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • I think that my unhappiness had as much to do with my father's insistence on the change, as anything.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • What harm could visit him if he yielded to this corpulent adventurer's insistence?

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • All his distrust awoke into fresh life at Claude's insistence.

Word Origin and History for insistence

mid-15c., from Middle French insister (see insist) + -ence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper