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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.
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(ɪnˈsɪs təns)

1. the act or fact of insisting.
2. the quality of being insistent.
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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
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1. The state or quality of being insistent:
2. Urgent solicitation:
Archaic: instance.
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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.
During the research stage, entrepreneurial behaviours are, often, compromised, by several characteristics that let in: a) increasing size and complexity of any research groups; b) larger portfolios and a focus on increasing the number of 'shots on goal'; c) insistency of focused middle managers on timelines and portfolios, instead of science, technology and leveraging external knowledge; d) influence on the business side of procurement department (too early in the process); e) evolving science and technology impact on organizational complexity; f) possibility of alignment between R&D heads and European Commission findings, decisions and recommendations.
Saudi had been passing it around quick and confidently before that, although their insistency to play without a holding midfielder is being exposed.
Constructed primarily of cardboard boxes and sand, Rauschenberg claimed they 'came about as the result of fantasies and an honest insistency of working on the beach'.
Voices in Da Fan, inspired by the noises one hears in the white noise of a fan, has a mechanical insistency to it that is alluringly disturbing.
The temporal character of his insistency on the "gap between words and things" (Ranciere, 1994, p.
And that percussion coda was taken a notch too fast, garbling its robotic insistency. Before this, Chauhan had presided over a perceptively ironic view of this last major work of Shostakovich.
Instead, the idea of insistency signifies artistic intent by providing a methodological framework in which certain artistic terms self-select as more significant than others.
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.
Although she retired, she continued to work as our editor until the present time with our insistency. We have learned so much from our master and will continue to learn further.
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.