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[in-sis-tuh nt]
  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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Examples from the Web for insistently

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  • The brothers Ricardi insistently demanded that the game should continue.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Gilberte insistently went on, as if enjoying her friend's discomfiture.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • It is possible that he wondered why he had been so insistently urged to come.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The muscles of his legs ached as insistently as if clamped in a vice.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Something was insistently pressing on his brain, demanding a confession.


    Everett B. Cole

British Dictionary definitions for insistently


  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 insistently



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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