Definition of insistent in US English:



  • 1Insisting or demanding something; not allowing refusal.

    ‘Tony's soft, insistent questioning’
    with clause ‘she was very insistent that I call her’
    • ‘Xavier's case has yet to be resolved and he is insistent that he did not knowingly take any banned drugs.’
    • ‘He was insistent that people smuggling was criminal and we couldn't reward that by letting the refugees in.’
    • ‘Given that there was no question of drunk driving, we were fairly insistent on being told what we were being pulled over for.’
    • ‘Islam, the religion, is uncompromisingly insistent about the preservation of the free and fair market.’
    • ‘Despite Jake's insistent questions, he refused to explain the purchases.’
    • ‘Still, she's insistent that the sporran is a unisex accessory.’
    • ‘They are also having great fun, absorbed in what they are doing, breaking off only to fire insistent questions at their teacher.’
    • ‘In any case, if you are insistent on hanging an individual label on this disgrace to humanity, Campbell isn't the one you should choose.’
    • ‘I will explain why we are insistent on peace and we want to maintain peace.’
    • ‘But there were many responses all over and we all know that life is stronger and more insistent than its precepts.’
    • ‘Sir Robert Peel, who founded modern policing, was insistent that the police had no special privileges.’
    • ‘In a near-riot, the crowd's frenzied attentions grew so insistent that people had to be lifted out of the way to let Collins through.’
    • ‘Ken is also looking forward to the upcoming league and championship campaigns, and is insistent that we can do well in both.’
    • ‘He arrived, clearly intoxicated and insistent on me practicing the hymn so that he could sing along at the top of his [Canadian] voice.’
    • ‘You would appreciate the Court has been very insistent on the importance of the warning.’
    • ‘Three singers are matched against tight, insistent rhythm and brass sections, and chiming riffs from four guitarists.’
    • ‘The bass is of utmost importance throughout - simple yet insistent.’
    • ‘She shook off the insistent nagging of her own questions and determinedly began again.’
    • ‘I told him he didn't have to marry me, but he was insistent.’
    • ‘Donegal, as a team, are still fairly insistent on passing the ball from one end of the field to the other, without it touching a boot.’
    persistent, determined, adamant, importunate, tenacious, unyielding, obstinate, dogged, unrelenting, unfaltering, unwavering, inexorable
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    1. 1.1 Regular and repeated, and demanding attention.
      ‘a telephone started ringing, loud and insistent’
      • ‘It wasn't a friendly sounding knock, but an insistent one, that demanded attention.’
      • ‘Life at Longonot Ranch House starts early with the insistent chatter of birds and the scent of freshly ground Kenyan coffee.’
      • ‘Tom Morello's insistent riffs and scorching solos were supported squarely by the rhythm section.’
      • ‘A handful of insistent reports from the war front keep coming to mind.’
      • ‘I was determined to ignore the insistent noise until Carol was roused from the couch to answer her telephone call.’
      • ‘Groaning, he turned over to bury his head in his pillow, but the scratching and insistent squeaking from the cage in the corner was adamant.’
      • ‘Every third dog causes me to hyperventilate and produce insistent grunting sounds.’
      • ‘Rena turns to Greg, demanding him to be silent with her insistent, steady glare.’
      • ‘The voice emanating from behind the dashboard was insistent.’
      • ‘The flavours are narrow and insistent, unsubtle and repetitive.’
      • ‘There is a subtle but insistent tiger theme running through my house.’
      • ‘I had made the tactical error of drinking two cans of Diet Coke as I had waited and Nature and all its insistent whinings was calling me.’
      • ‘Yet the sense of an ending has become an insistent warning.’
      • ‘I shall write insistent letters to comedy networks telling them to put her on television.’
      • ‘The melodies have the nagging, insistent quality of advertising jingles, impossible to get out of your head once they're in.’
      • ‘Toure sounds outrageously laid-back, but the insistent rhythmic pulse in his music is hypnotic and irresistible.’
      • ‘It was pouring down while they did The Box, driving, insistent, intense rain, just like the song.’
      • ‘What, then, is one to make of Moore's insistent theme that readers of his books are doomed to squalor?’
      • ‘It seems that at the heart of the Universe there is a steady, insistent beat.’
      • ‘I can tell by the insistent beeping growing slower and slower by the moment.’
      incessant, constant, unremitting, iterative, repeated, repetitive
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