- earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
- compelling attention or notice: an insistent tone.
Origin of insistent
Examples from the Web for insistent
The drumbeat and synth bass are as insistent as they are ominous.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
But Hollande was “insistent,” she writes, and “his strength of persuasion was nuclear.”Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
I want her to grow up to feel confident and powerful about herself and insistent about the world around her.My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That
March 12, 2014
He would not allow his other teammates access to the best equipment, but was insistent that every cyclist dope.Dope on Wheels: Speed Read of 'Wheelmen' About Lance Armstrong
October 16, 2013
The rule, which it must be said Taylor was insistent on, was that neither of us could spill or take a break.Hanson Got Me Drunk on Their New Beer, Mmmhops (Really)
September 18, 2013
It troubled him—the insistent feeling of the eyes which had been upon him.Way of the Lawless
We form a habit of conquering as insistent as any other habit.The Conquest of Fear
It continued musically low, but there was in it the insistent note of sincerity.Within the Law
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
- making continual and persistent demands
- demanding notice or attention; compellingthe insistent cry of a bird
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.