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importunacy

[ im-pawr-chuh-nuh-see ]
/ ɪmˈpɔr tʃə nə si /
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noun

the quality or condition of being importunate; importunateness.

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Origin of importunacy

First recorded in 1540–50; importun(ate) + -acy
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Example sentences from the Web for importunacy

  • That which great men most detest, namely, importunacy; to this the Giver and the Forgiver Encourages his sick petitioners!

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Dear Krehbiel,—Please dont let my importunacy urge you to write when you have little time and leisure.

  • Though he still winced from the recollection, he was sorry that he had resisted the importunacy of Basil's apology.

    The Christmas Miracle|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Her negation was so definite that they forbore futile importunacy.

    The Ordeal|Charles Egbert Craddock
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