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NOUN (3)

1. continual and persistent demands;
[syn: insistence, insisting]

2. the state of demanding notice or attention;
- Example: "the insistence of their hunger"
- Example: "the press of business matters"
[syn: imperativeness, insistence, insistency, press, pressure]

3. the act of insisting on something;
- Example: "insistence on grammatical correctness is a conservative position"
[syn: insistence, insistency]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Insistence \In*sist"ence\, n. The quality of insisting, or being urgent or pressing; the act of dwelling upon as of special importance; persistence; urgency. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

66 Moby Thesaurus words for "insistence": abetment, application, assiduity, assiduousness, bulldog tenacity, concentration, constancy, demandingness, diligence, dogged perseverance, doggedness, encouragement, endurance, engrossment, exigency, fidelity, goading, importunacy, importunateness, importunity, indefatigability, industriousness, industry, insistency, instance, loyalty, needling, obstinacy, patience, patience of Job, permanence, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, plodding, plugging, preoccupation, pressing, pressingness, pressure, pricking, prodding, relentlessness, resolution, sedulity, sedulousness, single-mindedness, singleness of purpose, slogging, spurring, stability, stamina, staying power, steadfastness, steadiness, stick-to-itiveness, stubbornness, tenaciousness, tenacity, tirelessness, unremittingness, unswerving attention, urgency, urging