importunate

[ im-pawr-chuh-nit ]
/ ɪmˈpɔr tʃə nɪt /

adjective

urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
troublesome; annoying: importunate demands from the children for attention.

Nearby words

  1. importation,
  2. imported currantworm,
  3. importee,
  4. importer,
  5. importunacy,
  6. importunately,
  7. importune,
  8. importunity,
  9. impose,
  10. impose on

Origin of importunate

1520–30; importune (adj.) + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for importunate

importunate

/ (ɪmˈpɔːtjʊnɪt) /

adjective

persistent or demanding; insistent
rare troublesome; annoying
Derived Formsimportunately, adverbimportunateness, noun

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Word Origin and History for importunate

importunate

adj.

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

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