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importunate

[im-pawr-chuh-nit] /ɪmˈpɔr tʃə nɪt/
adjective
1.
urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
2.
pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
3.
troublesome; annoying:
importunate demands from the children for attention.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; importune (adj.) + -ate1
Related forms
importunately, adverb
importunateness, noun
unimportunate, adjective
unimportunately, adverb
unimportunateness, noun
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  • The palace was fairly besieged all day by importunate persons appealing for some last favor before the curtain drops.
  • Willy gives away his meager inheritance to the needy and importunate.
British Dictionary definitions for importunate

importunate

/ɪmˈpɔːtjʊnɪt/
adjective
1.
persistent or demanding; insistent
2.
(rare) troublesome; annoying
Derived Forms
importunately, adverb
importunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for importunate
adj.

1520s, from importune + -ate, or else from Medieval Latin importunatus, past participle of importunari. Related: Importunately (mid-15c.).

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