[in-sis-tuh nt]


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 formsin·sist·ent·ly, adverbnon·in·sist·ent, adjectiveo·ver·in·sist·ent, adjectiveo·ver·in·sist·ent·ly, adverbqua·si-in·sist·ent, adjectivequa·si-in·sist·ent·ly, adverbsu·per·in·sist·ent, adjectivesu·per·in·sist·ent·ly, adverbun·in·sist·ent, adjectiveun·in·sist·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of insistent

Historical Examples of insistent

  • It troubled him—the insistent feeling of the eyes which had been upon him.

  • We form a habit of conquering as insistent as any other habit.

  • It continued musically low, but there was in it the insistent note of sincerity.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Sidney had been insistent, and Harriet had topped the argument in her businesslike way.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But now it started off high pitched and insistent and did not stop.

    The Man the Martians Made

    Frank Belknap Long

British Dictionary definitions for insistent



making continual and persistent demands
demanding notice or attention; compellingthe insistent cry of a bird
Derived Formsinsistence or insistency, nouninsistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insistent

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper