Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Firm in asserting a demand or an opinion; unyielding.
  • adj. Demanding attention or a response: insistent hunger.
  • adj. Repetitive and persistent: the jay's insistent cry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Standing or resting on something.
  • adj. Urgent in dwelling upon anything; persistent in urging or maintaining.
  • adj. Extorting attention or notice; coercively staring or prominent; vivid; intense.
  • adj. Standing on end: specifically said of the hind toe of a bird when its base is inserted so high on the shank that only its tip touches the ground: correlated with incumbent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Standing or resting on something.
  • adj. Insisting; persistent; persevering.
  • adj. See Incumbent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing or resting on something.
  • Urgent in dwelling upon anything; persistent in urging or maintaining.
  • Hence Extorting attention or notice; coercively staring or prominent; vivid; intense.
  • In ornithology, standing on end: specifically said of the hind toe of a bird when its base is inserted so high on the shank that only its tip touches the ground: correlated with incumbent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. demanding attention
  • adj. repetitive and persistent

Etymologies

From Latin insistens, participle of insisto. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But Baldovino stood in front of him, his expression insistent.

    The Big Scam

  • The hostile Cylon, who remain insistent on pressing the attack against the Colonials, have lost their most important strategic asset as a result.

    Chaos Or Community | ATTACKERMAN

  • Schiller: the aesthetic, in other words, is insistent from the beginning.

    Introduction: 'The Power is There': Romanticism as Aesthetic Insistence

  • No guitars to hold it together, no massive keyboard riffs, just these thin insistent pulses with flurries of sound on the sides.

    A Question Of Blown Minds

  • The BBC's response to this is that their requests to check the footage were not 'insistent' enough

    The BBC Must Take Full Responsibility

  • Sometimes Hofmann seems to nudge Roth in a direction in which Roth is not actually going: the pressure of a man's fingers on a girl's arm is "insistent" when in the original it is merely soft.

    Emperor of Nostalgia

  • These were the Marshall Plan days, which sadly ended in the '70s, and the US became even more kind of insistent on pushing these wrong policies on the developing countries and some other countries.

    Democracy Now!

  • "insistent" that the products be manufactured by Standard Candy according to the new formula, and agreed to take the risk of negative outcomes, says the suit.

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  • They are less likely to have married outside their faith, and they are much more insistent than other Americans that their children remain inside that faith.

    American Grace

  • Figure 5.7 shows that Mormons, Jews, evangelicals, Black Protestants, and Latino Catholics remain more insistent on their children marrying inside the faith than other Americans.

    American Grace

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  • "4. In ornithology, standing on end: specifically said of the hind toe of a bird when its base is inserted so high on the shank that only its tip touches the ground: correlated with incumbent."

    --Century Dictionary

    March 9, 2011

  • "Even though 130 lb is the maximum per quadrant you can also plant less. For insistent you plan to harvest and ship 120 lb on Monday, 90 lb on Tuesday, and 75 lb on Wednesday etc. you can do this."
    - sales pitch for sprouting machine.

    March 26, 2008