from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as insistence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the state of urgently demanding notice or attention; insistence.
  • noun the quality of not being ignorable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being insistent.

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

  • noun the state of demanding notice or attention
  • noun the act of insisting on something


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  • He also remarked, more significantly from an aesthetic point of view, “A noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.”

    Matthew Alderman in Dappled Things 2009

  • The antic world behind the world—with its dinosaurs and wizards, its talking elephants and two-headed tigers—asserted itself with pushy insistency.

    In This Way I Was Saved Brian DeLeeuw 2009

  • Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.

    Build Blog » Quotes on Design 2008

  • Add to this the urgency with which many Americans demand that we look the other way as thousands of Mexicans cross our borders illegally each day, and the insistency with which they urge Pelosi, Kennedy, and Bush to grant amnesty to those millions of lawbreakers already here, without thought being given to the tens of millions more who will then follow in their footsteps.

    From On High 2007

  • As he mended she had to meet that request of his, advanced with even stronger insistency.

    A Changed Man 2006

  • Jack said to her, with the same quiet, husky note of intimacy, insistency, and the reddish light on his face.

    Kangaroo 2004

  • He dreaded her will, her female will, and her modern female insistency.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover 2004

  • He could not help thinking that his host was regarding the condition of affairs very calmly, until he remembered that the day was Sunday, when no Briton has any call to be disturbed by any but sacred insistency.

    Springhaven Richard Doddridge 2004

  • Hurstwood almost exclaimed out loud at the insistency of this thing.

    Sister Carrie 2004

  • 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 Gambler 2003


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