Tuesday, June 20, 2000
importunate adjective [im-POR-chuh-nit] Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
Definitions for importunate
- 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.
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.
Origin of importunate
Importunate is derived from Latin importunus, "unsuitable, troublesome, (of character) assertive, insolent, inconsiderate."