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Monday, February 07, 2005

Definitions for importunate

  1. Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.

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Citations for importunate
An emperor penguin in captivity starved to death by feeding all his rations -- about six pounds of fish daily -- to an importunate chick. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Emperor's Embrace
The play is a cacophony of importunate ringing doorbells and telephones, of pleas both professional and romantic from an exasperating assortment of colleagues and admirers. Ben Brantley, New York Times
Origin of importunate
1520-1530
Importunate is derived from Latin importunus, "unsuitable, troublesome, (of character) assertive, insolent, inconsiderate."