American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. obsolete 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. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Standing or resting on something.
- adj. Insisting; persistent; persevering.
- adj. (Zoöl.) See Incumbent.
- adj. demanding attention
- adj. repetitive and persistent
- From Latin insistens, participle of insisto. (Wiktionary)
“But Baldovino stood in front of him, his expression insistent.”
“The hostile Cylon, who remain insistent on pressing the attack against the Colonials, have lost their most important strategic asset as a result.”
“Schiller: the aesthetic, in other words, is insistent from the beginning.”
“No guitars to hold it together, no massive keyboard riffs, just these thin insistent pulses with flurries of sound on the sides.”
“The BBC's response to this is that their requests to check the footage were not 'insistent' enough”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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