importunity

[im-pawr-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-]
noun, plural importunities for 2.
1.
the state or quality of being importunate; persistence in solicitation.
2.
importunities, importunate solicitations or demands.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English importunite < Latin importūnitās. See importune, -ity

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importune (ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn)
 
vb
1.  to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently
2.  to beg for persistently; request with insistence
3.  obsolete
 a.  to anger or annoy
 b.  to force; impel
 
[C16: from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im-in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnusopportune]
 
im'portuner
 
n
 
impor'tunity
 
n
 
im'portunacy
 
n

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Example sentences
Persistent importunity will not, therefore, be the best support of an application for office.
Persistent importunity will not therefore, be the best support of an application for office.
At last with her much importunity she prevailed upon him to go in and look at him, saying he was being eaten up alive.
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