- earnest or emphatic in dwelling upon, maintaining, or demanding something; persistent; pertinacious.
- compelling attention or notice: an insistent tone.
- making continual and persistent demands
- 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.