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Related to insistency: consistency


v. in·sist·ed, in·sist·ing, in·sists
To be resolute or firm in a demand or course: I insist on paying my share of the expenses.
To assert or demand (something) firmly or persistently: We insist that you stay for dinner.

[Latin īnsistere, to persist : in-, on; see in-2 + sistere, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

in·sis′tence, in·sis′ten·cy n.
in·sist′er n.
in·sist′ing·ly adv.


(ɪnˈsɪs təns)

1. the act or fact of insisting.
2. the quality of being insistent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.insistency - the state of demanding notice or attention; "the insistence of their hunger"; "the press of business matters"
urgency - the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
2.insistency - the act of insisting on something; "insistence on grammatical correctness is a conservative position"
advocacy, protagonism - active support of an idea or cause etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something


1. The state or quality of being insistent:
2. Urgent solicitation:
Archaic: instance.
References in classic literature ?
Had I not known the whole chain of events, or had she not seen how much I was pained and disturbed by her teasing insistency, she would never have thought it worthwhile to soothe me with this frankness--even though, since she not infrequently used me to execute commissions that were not only troublesome, but risky, she ought, in my opinion, to have been frank in ANY case.
The President didn't do much in all the above areas except that he spent his entire time talking about the Compromised Peace Agreement that he had signed and reiterates his insistency on a number of reservations that he made when he signed the pact.
Shadia is known for her insistency on keeping her health condition a complete secret from the media since her resignation from the screen and only makes rare appearances to her fans through phone interviews.
Ginger Baker in Africa is drumtastic, almost trip hop in its insistency.
And all of the iterative bits, and all of the iterative bits of iterative bits of pre-and re-iterated bits are further iterated and then reiterated, which is to say duplicated, ad infinitum, forever and ever, eternally, tediously, without end, continually, interminably, in mimeographic insistency.
These forms and the insistency on these forms by the author, as Anderson has noted, continued until the mid1950s.
Babacan underlined this insistency once again at the financial summit, saying that the government has never compromised on fiscal discipline during elections and won't compromise this time, either.
by HE-rriyet Daily News The reason for the deadlock in compensation talks between Turkey and Israel is the latter's insistency in redressing the damages of the Mavi Marmara victims as an ex gratia payment and not as a result of its wrongful act, a senior Turkish government official has said.
In Utrinski vesnik Ljupco Popovski analyzes the myths about investments in Macedonia and adds that the insistency is not always the way to success although the Government has set a goal to knock on everyone's door if it needs in order to bring investments back to Macedonia.
For those Justices who adhere to a robust interpretation of the free speech principle, the on-again, off-again invocation of "categories" of unprotected speech may reflect a feeling of unease over the long-term resiliency of their strong version of the free speech principle, a worry that they need to invoke those categories to inoculate First Amendment doctrine against the persistent insurgency of the Chaplinsky-style insistency that only speech plausibly contributing redeeming social value to the marketplace and not corrosive of order and morality is deserving of First Amendment protection.