- urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
- pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
- troublesome; annoying: importunate demands from the children for attention.
Origin of importunate
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Examples from the Web for importunate
She choked upon an importunate sob and dug nails into the palms of her hands.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
My dear fellow, the A B C of your craft is to dismiss the importunate.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
Importunate seems to be used here in the sense of oppressive or overbearing.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
"It's too late now, Sonny," he said to the importunate child.
What most annoyed the king at this time was the importunate demands of Lubeck.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
- persistent or demanding; insistent
- rare troublesome; annoying
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Word Origin and History for importunate
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