[in-sis-tuh nt]


earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
compelling attention or notice: an insistent tone.

Nearby words

  1. insipience,
  2. insipient,
  3. insist,
  4. insistence,
  5. insistency,
  6. insistently,
  7. insnare,
  8. insobriety,
  9. insociable,
  10. insofar

Origin of insistent

1615–25; < Latin insistent- (stem of in-sistēns), present participle of insistere. See insist, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for insistently



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 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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