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incessant

in·ces·sant

incessant

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn se snt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: never stopping; constant.
The incessant noise of truck traffic kept me awake all night.
synonyms:
constant, continual, continuous
antonyms:
occasional
similar words:
chronic, endless, everlasting, nonstop, perpetual, persistent, restless
derivation: incessantly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word incessant contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.