Definition of insistence in US English:



  • The fact or quality of insisting that something is the case or should be done.

    ‘his insistence on unilateral nuclear disarmament’
    • ‘He is uncompromising in his insistence on seeing the world from his own perspective and never pandering to audiences.’
    • ‘No, this is indolence that is beyond even the animal kingdom in its insistence.’
    • ‘Now those talks, at the player's own insistence, will not take place until after the summer holidays.’
    • ‘The insistence is all the more remarkable as ministers currently have record amounts of funding from the taxpayer.’
    • ‘Part of its appeal must stem from his bizarre insistence that while the plot is fiction, it is constructed on basic truths.’
    • ‘But the clubs' financial woes are exacerbated by their insistence on paying players.’
    • ‘Its insistence on being granted unlimited access to Kashmir is a one-sided affair.’
    • ‘The rest of the clubs should wave them off with their blessing but with the firm insistence that they will never be allowed to return.’
    • ‘There are those who thought he had backed away a bit from his insistence on fair trade.’
    • ‘What made Silicon Alley special was its insistence that content is king.’
    • ‘Her insistence on confrontation led Sapphire to look for her mother.’
    • ‘It is yet another symptom of our approach to technology, our insistence at robotic responses to human dilemmas.’
    • ‘Then there is his long-running and mysterious insistence on naming muscles.’
    • ‘It was at his insistence that she had started learning music and he wanted her to take up classical singing.’
    • ‘The palace's insistence that the visit is not publicised until two weeks before has also caused problems.’
    • ‘Their insistence on quality has struck a particularly strong chord with older customers.’
    • ‘Her gift for melody, her insistence on shaping almost every piece as a song, gives her work a stamp of individuality.’
    • ‘The administration's insistence that things are on track and all it must do is stay the course is beginning to grate.’
    • ‘What can be the explanation for this odd insistence on counterproductive policy?’
    • ‘The British insistence on the rule of law is not only right in principle, but is also proving safer in practice for our troops.’
    demand, bidding, command, dictate, instruction, requirement, request, entreaty, urging, exhortation, importuning
    assertion, declaration, contention, statement, claim, proclamation, announcement, pronouncement, assurance, attestation, affirmation, avowal, averment, profession, swearing, emphasis, stress
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