1. earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
  2. compelling attention or notice: an insistent tone.


  1. making continual and persistent demands
  2. demanding notice or attention; compellingthe insistent cry of a bird

1620s, “standing on something,” from Latin insistentem (nominative insistens), present participle of insistere (see insist). Meaning “dwelling firmly on something asserted” is from 1868. Related: Insistently.

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