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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 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.
However, let's say with no insistency, that this letter, which violently attacks Arabs, seems to be indirectly and without Petrarch's recognition, actually complimentary toward them.
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.
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.
It is important to remember that the insistency involved in the birth and development of Commonwealth Literature causes its writers and critics to slight into another closely related writing, but motivated by events that are fundamentally and historically different.
These forms and the insistency on these forms by the author, as Anderson has noted, continued until the mid1950s.