; more impressive, most impressive
Pertaining to something or someone that inspires awe, admiration, skill; stunning; breathtaking; grand: The speech that the principal, Mr. Stevens, gave at the ceremony was totally impressive, poignant, and produced a strong effect on the audience.
impressment (s) (noun)
, impressments (pl)
The process of appropriation for public use or to force into public duty or service: The legislation of impressment allowed the government and military to control the railroads.
in situ (adverb) (not comparable)
1. Pertaining to the original position or place of something: The old pirate ship was found in situ
where it had sunk hundreds of years ago!
2. Not invasive; applied especially to carcinomas which have not invaded beyond their original epithelial confines: The tumorous growth which Dr. Hathaway examined in situ
had not spread from its former position in Sandy's body.
Literally from Latin, "in place", an expression used by scholars, who may say, for example, that an observation or experiment was performed in situ, signifying that it was made in the natural or original location of the material or process under study.
Referring to something in its original or normal position: In the old abandoned house, the girls found a collection of in situ books on the dusty shelf.
inconsistency (s) (noun)
, inconsistencies (pl)
1. The state of being at variance and without harmony and congruence among parts, elements, or things: Many times, the nice restaurant in town had wonderful and delicious meals, but its inconsistency of serving such good food discouraged a lot of customers and so they went elsewhere to dine.
2. The contradiction or discrepancy between ideas or propositions: Jane told her friends that she was on a diet, but ate lots of ice cream and donuts instead which showed much inconsistency in what she said and what she really did.
; more inconsistent, most inconsistent
1. Referring to someone or something that is hard to predict; irregular; erratic: Sometimes teachers can be termed as inconsistent when their expectations of their students vary from day to day.
2. Concerning statements which are not compatible with a further claim or fact: When Jack was called to give evidence, his interpretation of the accident was completely inconsistent and contrary with what the photos showed and what the police office reported.
3. Pertaining to something which is contradictory with another part: When the Smiths were on their vacation, they came to an intersection which was totally inconsistent to the map they were using!
; more inconsistently, most inconsistently
Characterizing how an action is unreliable and unpredictable; in an unstable manner: Children whose parents responded to their questions and wishes inconsistently were noted to have more problems at home than the other children in the group.
inconstancy (s) (noun)
, inconstancies (pl)
1. The condition of changeability; unpredictability: Nancy promised Doug to go to the movies with him, but she suddenly decided not to, and so he never asked her again because of her inconstancy.
2. The problem of falseness; faithlessness; infidelity: Tom's inconstancy over the months shortly after their marriage caused his wife to dissolve it as soon as possible.
; more inconstant, most inconstant
1. Referring to someone or something that changes or varies very often and without any understandable reason: The weather in the fall seemed to be so unstable and inconstant that Jane never knew if it was going to rain or if the sun was going to shine brightly.
2. Regarding a person who is not faithful or reliable: Grace decided never to fall in love with such a capricious man again who turned out to be inconstant and disloyal.
; more inconstantly, most inconstantly
Regarding how something is acted on or stated in an unreliable and variable way: Ted's illness was very strange with long-lasting headaches, and followed inconstantly by vomiting and violent jerks of the legs.
, insists; insisted; insisting
1. To demand that something happens or that a person does something: Jillian didn't want to go to the dentist, but her husband insisted
because she stumbled and fell against a wall and broke her two front teeth.
2. To say something in a very forceful way which doesn't allow for any disagreement: Henry insisted
that his son didn't mean to be impolite when he disagreed with what his aunt said about his web site.
The couple next to Karl and Janine insisted on talking during the movie.
insistence (s) (noun)
, insistences (pl)
1. A forceful and pressing demand: Mr. Jones spoke with extraordinary insistence on helping the poor people in the city.
2. The act of being persistent and unremitting: Mrs. Smart always expected her students to do their best and her insistence on this proved to be correct!
; more insistent, most insistent
1. Concerning the demand of attention: When baby Susi was hungry, she was very insistent about getting her meal by crying loudly!
2. Persistent; continual; unrelenting: Greg woke up with the insistent and urgent ringing of his alarm clock.
; more insistently, most insistently
Descriptive of how someone says something in a demanding or pressing way: Little baby Susi cried insistently because she was so very hungry.
instability (s) (noun)
, instabilities (pl)
1. The quality or attribute of being insecure in functioning properly and to being irresolute; unreliability: Such issues as racial problems, economics, the concentration or density of population, and family instabilities can lead to violence and bloodshed.
2. A disposition toward unpredictable conduct or irregular changes in one's state of mind: The older Aunt Jane got, the more mental instability she showed and therefore had to have help in her home.
Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: