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insistent

[in-sis-tuh nt]
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adjective
  1. earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
  2. compelling attention or notice: an insistent tone.
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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
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  • 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.

    K

    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

insistent

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

adj.

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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