- To desist is defined as to stop something.
An example of to desist is to stop protesting in front of the city hall.
Origin: Late Middle English desisten ; from Old French desister ; from Classical Latin desistere ; from de-, from plush sistere, to cause to stand ; from stare, to stand
- desistance noun
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intransitive verb de·sist·ed, de·sist·ing, de·sists
Origin: Middle English desisten, from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere : dē-, de- + sistere, to bring to a standstill; see stā- in Indo-European roots.