importunate

[im-pawr-chuh-nit]
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adjective
  1. urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
  2. pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
  3. troublesome; annoying: importunate demands from the children for attention.

Origin of importunate

1520–30; importune (adj.) + -ate1
Related formsim·por·tu·nate·ly, adverbim·por·tu·nate·ness, nounun·im·por·tu·nate, adjectiveun·im·por·tu·nate·ly, adverbun·im·por·tu·nate·ness, noun
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importunate

adjective
  1. persistent or demanding; insistent
  2. rare troublesome; annoying
Derived Formsimportunately, adverbimportunateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for importunate
adj.

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

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